The nonprofit organization Reboot announced today, Feb. 6, the launch of an “I Unplug To…” campaign asking National Day of Unplugging participants to post photos of themselves showing what they will do when not engaged in technology.
The fourth annual National Day of Unplugging begins sunset, March 1 and continues through sunset March 2. Participants pledge to avoid technology such as computers, tablets and cell phones for the 24-hour period. A day away from technology gives participants time to reconnect with friends, family, their community and themselves.
“Over the past four years, people have confided that they are so connected to their devices, they are now at a loss as to what to do when they unplug. The 'I Unplug To…' campaign is designed to spread the word that unplugging can be fun and healthy, and inspire meaningful experiences and face-to-face conversations." — Amelia Klein, Associate Director of Reboot
The group posts a weekly-updated “Undo” list that provides subscribers with suggestions for alternative activities to technology-based pursuits. Take a walk in the park or write in a journal are among the suggested replacement activities.
National Day of Unplugging is a celebration of the Sabbath Manifesto, which casts the intent of God’s commandment, “Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy,” in a modern light. According to its creators, the Sabbath Manifesto is a “creative project designed to slow down lives in an increasingly hectic world.” The Manifesto is a list of 10 principles:
- Avoid Technology
- Connect With Loved Ones
- Nurture Your Health
- Get Outside
- Avoid Commerce
- Light Candles
- Drink Wine
- Eat Bread
- Find Silence
- Give Back
Reboot, based in New York City, was founded in 2002. Its goal is to “reboot” Jewish traditions and “make them vital and resonant” in the lives of those dealing with issues of Jewish identity, community and meaning.