Unplug Challenge

Avoid technology.

  • Debrahale58

    As long as I’m at Service, this should not be a problem.

  • Thisday4you

    I’m studying John Wesley’s 3 Simple Rules right now: “Do good, Do no harm, stay in love with God.” What you say rings true…perhaps a more ‘natural’ way of life suits us better as humans?

  • Majorray

    I could not agree with you more. I am Christian, but I attended a Jewish college as an undergraduate. Recently, I have come to celebrate the Sabbath as a day of rest given us by God. The pleasure one gets from focusing on the Creator is awesome. As a former scientist and now a minister I can tell you that the atheistic scientists are just plain wrong about our origin

  • http://www.reyburnphotography.co.uk reyburnphoto

    I agree with @sadie – it shows that we have a fear of disconnecting and being in silence with ourselves alone, and also before God. He becomes far closer to us when we turn off the ‘noise’…and that can scare us. I’d say, make the highest priority the one that you want to avoid the most. If you think you’ll just do all 9 principles except this one, none of the others will do you much good.

  • Karen

    I’m so happy to know there are others out there who want a break from technology, too. It’s a “quality of life” issue for me. I don’t own a cellphone or other gadgets. I don’t have cable television. I have an answering machine to take my calls and I answer them when “I” am ready. I protect my privacy from the uninvited intrusions of others. Am I anti-social? No, I love my family and friends and love spending time with them. But it’s no pleasure to be with them while they answer cellphone calls, put me on hold for call-waiting, and just plain ignore the conversation because they are checking for incoming text messages. To me, that’s rude behaviour. I want human contact, conversation, eye contact. Technology can’t give you that. So, I avoid technology whenever I can.

  • Kiwichick

    We have – 2 months ago when we moved house we decided to get rid of the TV and the internet and the landline. It is so peaceful and pleasant.

  • Papa Jim

    I think that the point of Sabbath is that it will spill out of its one day into the other six. But starting with one day seems doable, where trying to keep these principles every day seems overwhelming. But just like training for a sport, the spirit/psyche/soul/whatever-you-want-to-call-it needs an excercise regimen. You don’t start out running 20 miles. You just run one. And you build from there. Sabbath is like that. We start with one day, and then let the goodness of these principles grow and transform the way we live our lives.

  • Pigpen336

    doesn’t anyone see the irony of complaining about technology via computers just sayin

  • Oceanvyu

    I have two children under 7 and we have entered one in a Waldorf school only to discover that in order to maintain enrollment they allow in families that have multiple tv sets, use video games and access to computers for their children.

    It seems we have exhausted our search for a community with values that include keeping all technology at bey until our kids are mature enough to apply as a tool and not prolific use for entertainment.

    Any suggestions as to who might also be thinking along these same lines?


  • Jared

    I don’t necessarily disconnect from my technology when I’m “off” nor do I think it’s necessary to disconnect to be “off”.  That being said, all of my machines work for ME.  I don’t worry about how many miles I put on my car – that’s what I bought it for!  As for my iPod, I’m a musician that unfortunately has a day job.  My iPod IS my escape!  My phone is a convenience for other people, not a leash.  I don’t answer my phone in the john or when I’m eating – EVER.  These are the 2 points in the day that are truly mine and they’ll stay that way.

    The point is, remember that these gadgets are here to make our lives easier, not harder.  They’re gadgets, we’re humans.  They’re inanimate.  There’s a hierarchy and we’re (supposedly) at the top.

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    I absolutely agree with everyone…we do need a break from our daily lives and deffinately a break from techonology.

  • Gary

    It’s hard when you work from home as it’s too easy to “do some work for half an hour” at the weekends, my solution though a little drastic was to lock my keyboard, smartphone and iPad in the safe on a Friday evening and give the key to my wife until Monday morning – Yes it hurt for the first couple of weeks but now it’s excellent.

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  • Jewish Thoreau

    I’m an Orthodox Jew and one thing I can say about doing this the traditional way is, you don’t get pulled back into the weekday.  While a ringng phone might be a loved one calling, it might also be a telelmarketer or a political pollster or some other unwanted intrusion. Driving your car jerks you back into the weekday frustrations of traffic and other people’s road rage.  And so forth.  So I chose to just turn the phone off, shut the computers down, and not play with electronic gadgets.  Anyway, you might be interested in a couple articles I wrote on this topic on my blog at “Notes from a Jewsih Thoreau”  http://rooster613.blogspot.com — just scroll down the right sidebar to the topics list and click “unplugging” to find them.  Enjoy!

  • billy brown

    I’ll take a bad conversation with a good friend over a good text with same person any day of the week. My brother lives in Bosnia and I’m still closer to him than I am with people that I text everyday. We have never connected even once on facebook.

  • Relbaze

    I agree with you that the issue is not directly about disconnecting from technology but from all things mundane so we can get closer to our families, friends, communities and yes to G-d. We are supposed to re-connect with our values and take the opportunity to increase our learning and reflection so we become better and more enriched. Otherwise it’s only about rest and relaxation. These things are important to our our well being but do not make us better human beings.

  • Ephraym R

    This item is very important. We’re going to be addicted to technology (iphone, ipad, facebook, web magazine, and many more) so to create a new dimension of life, projected to the inside of us, of our family is a real medicine for our mind and heart! To connect not in web but with G-d and the loved one. 

  • Aasa

    Desplugue tudo agora !
    Aproveite e desligue sua sogra tambem.  🙂

  • Kishmir Intuches

    An obvious Communist plot to derail American democracy and capitalism.  Defeat the Bolshevik devils. 

  • Dmarb29

    Gonna call everyone in my contacts list March 1-2 just to make sure they are avoiding technology!

  • daniel

    I see no complaining, only suggestions of moderation.

  • Alecks

    I agree with you guys completely on the whole aspect of having everyone in the nation, even the world if possible, follow these ten steps in their everyday lives(religious or not) but Major_Ray, What the fuck does Atheistic science and their opinion on our origins have to do with this manifesto? and to be honest atheistic science has developed and research majority of the things that help us in life, I myself am a undergraduate and study General science, physics and biology. so please think next time before being an utter tit and thinking

  • Alecks

    -before being an utter ti and think before you post 🙂

  • anydaynow

    I think the cycle of time has always had a strong pull on the human psyche. A lot of us work 5 days a week and it’s a struggle just to get through the work week. The question of interest is always, ‘what’s happening this weekend?’ And how many weekends are squandered in running around, shopping, ‘watching’ TV for hours without enjoying it, etc. I’m not Jewish, but I think the practice of keeping sunset on Friday a special time of lighting candles, sharing wine, challah and prayers is the perfect way to be mindful of what is of value in our lives (family, love, faith) so that we can use our free time wisely to invest in those areas. (It also motivates me to get household chores done before the weekend rolls around so that time can really be enjoyed.) If you can live everyday mindfully that is a wonderful practice! I think a weekly check with reality is good for those of us who struggle with balance in this busy world.

  • anydaynow

    Bravo! That’s brilliant!

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  • awesomedude8888

    My grandpa is upset because I am always on my phone. Our relationship has been dying since I got this stupid phone. I just want to escape all of this facebook and blogging and dooply dapply 2014 crap. I want to be like I was born in the 1900s. This world only gets crazier.

  • Lil Brown Bat

    What’s “technology”, exactly? I’m willing to guess that everyone’s thinking in terms of smartphones, tablets and computers. But isn’t technology also radios and televisions? Alarm clocks? Kitchen appliances?

  • Lindsey

    I don’t think it’s about rules. I am converting to Judaism and my rabbi explained to me that we all observe in different ways. For me, “unplugging” may mean turning off my cell phone and tablet that I’m tied to 24/7 (so instead it’s a slightly improved 24/6). I will still listen to music while cooking a good meal during my “unplugged” moments because I don’t see that as disrupting the experience. To someone else it may mean not driving, or at home not using other “technologies” like lights or elevators. But it is not about technology being evil or needing to be removed entirely from our lives. Its just about taking moments to clear our heads, reconnect with real people, take a breather from work, eat with our families, etc. No one is saying technology is all bad, we just need to take a moment every now and then.

  • Lindsey

    This is what I do– unplug from the internet so I’m not tempted by Facebook, pinterest, mobile games…but I can still use my tablet to read, write and draw. Maybe this contradicts the idea a bit (really I should start writing and drawing but hand again) but…baby steps!

  • Lindsey

    It doesn’t say to stay unplugged. You can recharge yourself on Saturday, then recharge your devices on Sunday.

  • briefal

    We atheists are just as good at disconnecting from technology and connecting with nature. I’d argue even better than a whole heck of a lot of Christians. Having been raised in the church and a political junkie I know whereof I speak.

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