The first Friday of every March is considered as National Day of Unplugging.
In this age of connectivity, we are so obsessed with our smartphones, iPad, Laptops, gaming consoles, social media that we are forgetting to actually connect with people in real life. From the moment we wake up in the morning till the time to bed we are continuing this cycle 24*7. According to a survey done by nationaltoday.com, 75% of Americans spend between 3-10+ hours a day engaged in a device, whereas 48% of Americans spend 5+ hours and 13% Americans spend 10+ hours in a day connecting themselves. This survey further states that 77% of women spend 3+ hours more attached to a device compared to 68% of men of the same category. The main aim of observing this day is to digitally detox ourselves and encouraging us to spend more time with friends, family, and doing other activities. For example, maybe you wanted to read a book for a long time but you couldn’t today is the date to do so, or maybe you want to meet a friend, you can also volunteer for some charitable work or community event.
A study suggests that unplugging helps combat FOMO a.k.a fear of missing out, a psychological disorder that emerged from tech advances. In the year 2003, the Jewish community Rebooted established this particular day to celebrate the unplugging of human kinds from technology. Let’s just remind ourselves of the words of one of the world’s greatest geniuses who once said “It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity”. Yes, you will obviously miss those feeds, memes, stories, likes but these 24 hours will be worth it.