National Day of Unplugging: Holy Crap, What Will Facebook Do Without Me?!

Sandy Neck

So from sundown today til sundown tomorrow, I’ll be “unplugged” as part of National Day of Unplugging.

I don’t know about you guys, but I spend a lot of time in front of my computer and cell phone. My job is ┬áheavily reliant on the internet, email, and social media, so I have good reason to always be plugged in.

But there is something so damn enticing about the thought of stepping away from it all for 24 hours.

Here’s what the official pledge states:

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.


Sounds good to me. I plan to read, write by hand, have face-to-face time with friends, work on some non-technology projects I’ve been putting off, purge my closet for an upcoming clothes swap, do yoga, and spend some time outside.

If there’s an emergency, we have a home phone people can call. Otherwise, anything that happens online can wait until sundown on Saturday. Or longer, if I’m really feeling this techie-detox session.

Tell me, will you try unplugging for 24 hours, too?