Unplug Challenge


  • Checkout who’s tweeting about NDU!

    March 27th, 2012 by admin

    Actor Ashton Kutcher @aplusk (9,908,037 followers): RT @katalyst Before you #unplug this evening, enjoy this 15 track playlist for National Unplugging Day, made by @Th… http://bit.ly/GTamHH

    Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s wife Sarah Brown @SarahBrownUK: Follow this is a lovely idea – take the pledge and #unplug http://www.causes.com/unplugpledge

    Fashion designer Rachel Roy @Rachel_Roy #Unplug challenge starts tn-See my team & comment/like on who u think will b the 1st to break! http://on.fb.me/GCZDAk Any1 else #unplugging? (113,475 followers)

    @FashionweekNYC (113,495 followers): Digital Detox: Today is National Day of Unplugging from sundown tonight to sundown tomorrow! See you in 24 Hours!

    Hollywood writer/producer Damon Lindelof (171,422 followers) @DamonLindelof A tip for the fellows: Women don’t like it when we check our phones every 9 seconds. Wanna get lucky Friday night? http://www.causes.com/unplugpledge

    @DamonLindelof Our ancestors wrote their tweets on rocks and threw them at each other’s heads. Can we not do the same? LET’S UNPLUG! http://www.causes.com/unplugpledge

    Actor Nathan Fillion @NathanFillion (1,205,313 followers) retweeted Damon Lindelof’s tweet: Our ancestors wrote their tweets on rocks and threw them at each other’s heads. Can we not do the same? LET’S UNPLUG! http://www.causes.com/unplugpledge

    Filmmaker David Wain @davidwain (129,012 followers): I’m unplugging tonight! Are you? CAN you? National Day of Unplugging, March 23-24.http://www.causes.com/unplugpledge

    Writer Joel Stein @thejoelstein (985,909 followers): Pledge to unplug March 24. Unless there’s something good on that night. I haven’t checked: http://t.co/Sbf479gr

  • CNET

    March 27th, 2012 by admin

    The National Day of Unplugging has come and gone. Did Crave’s chief correspondent survive her 24-hour tech detox or buckle under the pressure? Read on to find out.

    On Friday, March 23, the sun set at 7:25 p.m., and as the giant yellow ball in the sky went down somewhere behind the clouds of San Francisco, so did the power on my electronic devices. The screens of my smartphone, laptop, and TV were as dark as the nighttime sky.

    Keeping to my word, I was going 24 hours without tech for the National Day of Unplugging. Created by the nonprofit organization Reboot and now in its third year, the National Day of Unplugging encourages people to take a break from information and technology overload and use the time to reconnect with friends and family, go outside, focus on their health, give back, meditate, or take part in other non-tech-centric activities.

    Reboot doesn’t define what “unplugging” means; instead, it’s up to the individual to decide. For me, it meant turning off the electronics I use most, which are my smartphone, laptop, and TV. Working with and covering tech five days a week, I thought it would be nice respite, but as I hit the power button on my devices Friday night, I was surprised at how anxious I felt about being without my gadgets — more specifically, my phone — for 24 hours.

    What if my friends changed our dinner plans for Saturday night? What if something came up (like the most horrendous haircut of all time?) and I had to bail? Worst of all, what if there was some kind of emergency?

    It’s amazing where your imagination can take you if you let it, but I tried to put those fears aside. Plus, my competitive side was determined not to let a puny iPhone or 37-inch TV take me down, and thus, I embarked on my tech detox.

    Read how Bonnie Cha unplugged here

  • moroch.com

    March 26th, 2012 by admin

    As we all push to become more digital, is it possible to become too digital? Are we all suffering from information overload? And are these strange questions to ask in a blog that, in essence, contributes to the problem of information overload?

    In this recent blog post from Alex Bogusky’s FearlessRevolution, these questions and more are explored in a refreshingly impartial light.

    See the full article and video here

  • Banking2020.com

    March 26th, 2012 by admin

    Tonight marks the start of a day called the National Day of Unplugging. This movement encourages people to disconnect from technology and connect with the offline world. For many tech savvy users the ideas of shutting off for 24 hours seems like eternity. No phone, Twitter, Facebook or apps.

    To showcase how difficult it will be for Americans to turn off, we’ve included an infographic called Instant America which has statistics that showcase how quickly Americans expect to receive information in this digital era. After reading these stats, it’s no wonder that movements such as the National Day of Unplugging are taking place.

    The infographic below highlights that, “Google found that slowing search results by just 4/10ths of a second would reduce the number of searches by 8,000,000 a day.”

    See the full article here

  • WWD

    March 26th, 2012 by admin

    RACHEL ROY UNPLUGGED: Rachel Roy has challenged her team to join her in going technology-free — no BlackBerry, no iPhone, no laptops, nada. Their 24-hour digital fast will start at sundown tonight as part of the National Day of Unplugging. Without the near-constant distractions of Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram and the like, staffers plan to reconnect with friends and family, which is just what their boss is hoping for.

    Roy said, “I have urged them to stop the e-mailing, texting, tweeting and Facebooking for one day to notice the world around them. This will allow them to bring some balance to their increasingly fast-paced way of life and make time to connect with family, friends, the community and themselves!”

    Her staff is so intent on holding out that a few wagers have been placed, according to Roy, who has asked Facebook fans to predict which employee will be the first to buckle.

    See the full post here

  • HuffPost Women

    March 26th, 2012 by admin

    How many times today have you texted or emailed while talking to someone else? How often do you sit with someone and engage with your phone rather than the human being across from you? How frequently does a glance at your inbox inject you with a fresh dose of anxiety?

    At our recent panel at SXSW Interactive on women’s online “performance anxiety,” we talked about the pressure women feel to present their ideal selves online, but the conversation ultimately turned to the enormous amount of time the Internet occupies. While author Susan Orlean said she feels like she can be herself on Twitter, she admitted that social media “occupies mental space. It’s on your ongoing mental to-do-list.” The other panelists echoed this sentiment.

    Read the full article here

  • HuffPost Healthy Living

    March 26th, 2012 by admin

    As you’re reading this article, you might also be Tweeting about your less-than-mediocre visit to the dentist and liking a photo of your friend on Facebook, all while cracking up over some quirky quotesyou’ve been pinning. That’s a whole lot of on-screen activity!

    Friday at sundown marks the third consecutive National Day of Unplugging. For an entire day you are invited (better yet — challenged) to liberate yourself from the vices that keep you all too connected with the virtual world and less available in the real one.

    The National Day Of Unplugging allows us to connect with one another in a different way — off-screen: those who participate can feel part of a larger, connected sphere in knowing their peers are engaging themselves and their worlds in ways they often neglect.

    Read the full article here

  • Huff Post Parents

    March 26th, 2012 by admin

    This week’s Family Table Talk is also a challenge. Can you — every single one of you — unplug for the next 24 straight hours? That doesn’t mean just taking electronics out of their sockets. Starting tonight, we’re asking you to put away all the gadgetry that connects you to the digital world. Parents, stop checking your email. Kids, you’re done texting. Everyone off Twitter, Angry Birds and, last but not least, Google.

    Yes, as part of this challenge, we’re asking you to also keep a diary of everything you have the urge to use the Internet for. Senior editor Lori Fradkin tried to do this last year, and she wrote down 11 things she would have looked up. But, she gained something greater from being offline — peace, quiet, focus…

    Read the full article here

  • israelnationalnews.com

    March 23rd, 2012 by admin

    Do you need a break from texting, emailing and cell phones? Then you too can participate in the third annual National Day of Unplugging. The initiative is being promoted by the “Sabbath Manifesto”, which advocates using one day out of the week as a day of rest.

    The National Day of Unplugging for 2012 will be held Friday night at sundown March 23rd to Saturday night at sundown March 24th.

    The Sabbath Manifesto was founded by a group of young Jewish Americans who are members of Reboot, a non-profit group designed to “reboot” the cultures, traditions and rituals of Jewish life.

    A seminar called Tech Detox: Can You Survive a Day Without Technology? was held at the annual SXSW [South By Southwest] Festival in Austin, Texas on March 11th. SXSW is arguably the biggest music festival in the United States, with concerts and seminars by famous and up-and-coming bands, music industry executives and others.

    Read the full article here

  • Hudson Horizons

    March 23rd, 2012 by admin

    Tonight at sundown marks the beginning of National Day of Unplugging. From March 23rd at sundown until Saturday March 24th at sundown, people are encouraged to refrain from using any technology. In its 3rd year, this day is supposed to help people reconnect with loved ones with personal contact rather than always being entrapped in modern technology.

    The pledge from the non-profit, Reboot, reads as follows: “Shut down your computer, turn off your cell phone. Stop the constant emailing, texting, tweeting and Facebooking to take time to notice the world around you. Connect with loved ones. Nurture your health. Get outside. Find silence. Avoid commerce. Give back. Eat Together.”

    Let’s think about this. Is it really possible for people in 2012 to go 24 hours without a cell phone,social media use, and email? Sounds like quite the task to me. Email and social media are one thing, especially being a weekend, but no text messages or phone calls?! If one were to embark on this courageous journey be it advised that a heads up to all close friends and family is in order to ensure they refrain from calling the police putting out a missing person’s report. Let them all know you plan to be alive and well for a full 24 hours and will let them know when you venture back to the 2012 way of life.

    Read the full post here

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