In a recent study with a rather small sample size—me, myself, and I—it was discovered I might just have an ever-so slight addiction to my stockpile of digital devices.
There are few times in any given day when I don’t find myself within the blissful solace of Wi-Fi access. In fact, I often feel like a walking Apple store.
Like the vast majority of young adults
, even as I sleep, my trusty iPhone rests tucked in safely beside me.
That isn’t to say that I’m not aware of the effects
my mobile obsession and getting in bed with my gadgetry is potentially having on my sleep patterns, and consequently, my daily life. I am fully cognizant of it.
But in turn, I ask you this: What is life, really, without the Internet?
Seriously, I’m asking. I’d like to know.
I struggle to recall a time where I wasn’t driven to maintain continuous contact and connection, and that’s enough for me to realize that it may just be time for an full-on break, going off the grid for a short while by completely going offline.
So I’m considering taking the pledge to unplug for 24 straight hours starting tonight at sundown. And if you care to join me, it looks as though we wouldn’t be alone.
In honor of its National Day of Unplugging
celebration, Sabbath Manifesto
—a creative project designed to help people slow down their lives in an increasingly hectic world—has asked everyone to join the movement of people who have already promised to disconnect from all social media and technology for an entire day.
The event kicks off as the sun sets on Friday, March 7, and lasts until the same time on Saturday, March 8.
Aside from signing the pledge here
, you can also print out this poster
and upload an image of your unplugged support
to the project's website, all before joining up with both new and old friends (the kind not on Facebook) for any number of the events scheduled across the country
Of course, there’s certainly some irony in asking people to unplug from the Internet with an online pledge, but you gotta do what you gotta do.
Obviously, everyone who signs up will be back to tweeting first thing Saturday night. Think of all the backlogged photos you’ll have to Instagram from all the shenanigans you got into while you were experiencing the world outside of the World Wide Web.
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Are you in? Let us know in the comments and share any ideas or plans you might have for your day of unplugged utopia.
You unplug to _______.