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.
Sabbath Manifesto also held a special "unplugged" party. Admission to the party was free, but party-goers were requested to leave all cell phones and electronic devises at the door.
Begun in 2010, the group's "Unplugging Challenge" has been met by journalists from Time Magazine, the Huffington Post and others. The event has been covered by CNN, the New York Times and most major media outlets in the United States.
The groups's website states, "We’ve heard from people all over the world that they found it excruciating to unplug from their phones and PDAs, painful to log out of Facebook and Twitter and difficult shut down their e-mail. But they also said it was liberating and allowed them to reconnect with friends and family, to get outside without ear buds and enjoy the noise of life, or the silence of the great outdoors."
The website offers smart phone apps, Facebook connections and other online information about getting offline.
There is also a "Cell Phone Sleeping Bag" for storing your cell phone during the National Day of Unplugging. For more information visit http://www.sabbathmanifesto.org.