For a lot of us, having to spend 24 hours away from our smartphones and computers seems like a horrific nightmare. I mean, what are we? Cavemen? But that 24 hours could be a very enlightening experience, and that’s exactly what the National Day of Unplugging wants to encourage. Obviously, if you’re reading this post, you’re not taking part in the National Day of Unplugging, but perhaps in the future you will.
The National Day of Unplugging took place on Friday. From sundown to sundown, from March 1st to March 2nd, people who have made the pledge to “unplug” will have to keep away from their smartphones, tablets, laptops, computers, TVs and more until sundown March 2nd. The movement was started by the Sabbath Manifesto, which encourages individuals to slow down their fast-paced lifestyle and just take a breather.
Thousands of people made a pledge to unplug for 24 hours. Many of them posted pictures on the NDU’s official website and stated that in their 24-hour tech-less break, they would do things that are meaningful and enlightening. Unsurprisingly, many pledges are going to spend their 24 hours bonding with their families. What is surprising is how technology has consumed so much of our lives that we need designated breaks, like NDU, to spend time with our families. Many other pledges have stated that they are going to rekindle strained relationships, reflect upon themselves, or just find peace.
The National Day of Unplugging makes us think about how much time we spend on technology (and how much of it is just wasted time spent on aimless browsing and online shopping), and how supposedly normal things, like spending time with loved ones, becomes collateral damage because of it. I’m not taking part of it this year, but it’s definitely something I’d consider doing next year. Along with NDU, the Sabbath Manifesto encourages connecting with loved ones, nurturing your health, getting outdoors more, avoiding commerce, lighting candles, drinking wine, eating bread, finding peace and silence, and giving back to others. Each of those principles are completely up to your interpretation, and all will improve your lifestyle.