Tomorrow is the National Day of Unplugging

You undologo[1]can’t live without your gadget, right? Tomorrow is your chance to see if that’s really true.

Saturday, March 8th, is the National Day of Unplugging. It technically starts at sundown on Friday, and it continues until sundown on Saturday. It’s a day for all connected junkies to give up their gadget cold turkey:

Do you have multiple cell phones? Take your ipad to the beach on vacation? Ever find it hard to get through a conversation without posting an update to Facebook? Is your computer always on?

We increasingly miss out on the important moments of our lives as we pass the hours with our noses buried in our iPhones and BlackBerry’s, chronicling our every move through Facebook and Twitter and shielding ourselves from the outside world with the bubble of “silence” that our earphones create.

If you recognize that in yourself – or your friends, families or colleagues— join us for the National Day of Unplugging, sign the Unplug pledge and start living a different life: connect with the people in your street, neighborhood and city, have an uninterrupted meal or read a book to your child.

The National Day of Unplugging is a 24 hour period – running from sundown to sundown – and starts on the first Friday in March. The project is an outgrowth of The Sabbath Manifesto, an adaption of our ancestors’ ritual of carving out one day per week to unwind, unplug, relax, reflect, get outdoors, and connect with loved ones.

If this is only coming across your radar today, you’re not alone. I only read about it yesterday, when MediaShift posted a collection of tips on how to get through the withdrawal symptoms.

So do you plan to participate? I would, but I have work that needs to get done.

National Day of Unplugging

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Chris Meadows7 March, 2014

    I don’t need to unplug for a day.

    After all, I already know I can quit any time I want to.

    1. Nate Hoffelder7 March, 2014

      Me, too! In fact, this is my last comment. I’m going to go unplug right now!

      1. Nate Hoffelder7 March, 2014

        See, I told you I could unplug.

    2. Thomas8 March, 2014

      Me too. I only have 6 powerstrips in this room; it’s not like I have a problem!

      Admittedly, the last time I had a power outage, I had the shakes within hours. But hey, it was cold.

  2. puzzled7 March, 2014

    Hi. My name is Puzzled and I’m a plugaholic….

  3. Al the Great and Powerful8 March, 2014

    Clowns. THEY have a problem, and ascribe it to everyone else as well…

    I DON’T have multiple cell phones.
    I DON’T take my tablet to the beach on vacation, or even when I’m at home in Hawaii, because when I’m at the beach I’m AT THE BEACH.
    I never find it hard to get through a conversation without posting an update to Facebook, because I barely use Facebook.
    My computer is always on BUT I”M NOT ALWAYS ON IT.

    Screw them, I shall spend some time on devices and my computer, and I shall spend some time with my wife and friends. I don’t need a made up reason or some hokey religion to set me straight…

  4. Al the Great and Powerful8 March, 2014

    If I ever DO get a Waterfi Kindle, you bet your sweet ass I’ll take it to the beach, and into the water, to read fish references while I am snorkeling.

  5. Greg Strandberg9 March, 2014

    Isn’t it International Women’s Day? Boy, those geeks have got some explainin’ to do!

  6. Thomas9 March, 2014

    Ironically, i ended up with some help celebrating the Day of Unplugging. A storm blew through yesterday afternoon and knocked out my internet connection for about 12 hours.

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