National Day of Unplugging occurs in early March each year in the United States.
On this day, people are encouraged to take some much-needed time away from attention-hogging devices and recharge their spiritual batteries.
When is National Day of Unplugging?
National Day of Unplugging is celebrated on March 5 this year, which is a Friday.
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about National Day of Unplugging.
Who started National Day of Unplugging?
Tech entrepreneur Dan Rollman came up with National Day of Unplugging in 2010. The holiday promotes a 24-hour respite from the gadgets that have taken over our lives: cell phones, tablets, computers, and televisions. The goal is to inspire a healthier balance between time spent on-screen and off.
Participants in National Day of Unplugging take a mindful approach to the tech/life balance, shutting off their devices from sundown-to-sundown from March 5 to March 6 this year.
What are the benefits of unplugging?
There are many good reasons to achieve a better life balance between on-screen and off-screen time. Here are some benefits unplugging can provide:
Balance your mind, body, and spirit – Focus on a healthier balance in life. Time away from devices can reduce stress and help you refocus and appreciate life more.
Reclaim your time – Be present in the moments of everyday life. Take time to appreciate the small things, like taking the kids to the bus stop or saying hello to a neighbor. Make it a priority to enjoy life offline.
Improve your mental health – Your mental health can take a hit from too much screen time, causing feelings of loneliness, depression, jealousy, and envy. Studies show that 1 in 3 people feel worse after visiting social media sites like Twitter, Snapchat, and Facebook. Feel better by stepping away for a day.
Improve physical health – Staring at a smartphone causes neck and back fatigue, not to mention stress on the eyes. Working too long on a computer can cause carpal tunnel syndrome in the hands. Go for a walk or engage in physical activities like jogging, biking, skiing, or tennis to get away from screens. Physical activities are a great way to reconnect with family, friends, and your community.
Health benefits of going tech-free video
What are the ten principles of unplugging?
Here are ten easy steps to unplug and take a break from screen time.
1.) Avoid technology.
2.) Connect with loved ones.
3.) Nurture your health.
4.) Get outside.
5.) Avoid commerce.
6.) Light candles.
7.) Eat bread.
8.) Drink wine.
9.) Find silence.
10.) Give back.
Why do we celebrate National Day of Unplugging?
We have become increasingly dependent on devices in all aspects of our lives. National Day of Unplugging allows us the opportunity to step away from these digital influences, gain back a better balance in our lives, and put us on a path to better physical, mental, and spiritual health.
How do we celebrate National Day of Unplugging?
Here are some ways you can take part in National Day of Unplugging this year:
- Have a device-free dinner party – Enjoy the company of friends without the annoyance and distraction of smartphones.
- Gather with friends – You’ll find face-to-face conversations with neighbors and friends are more authentic than texting or chatting online.
- Take the kids to the park – A group activity with the family is a great way to get everyone’s mind off of the internet.
- Learn a new hobby – Learn to cook or take on a new hands-on or craft-making activity.
- Get active – Get outside and take part in activities like hiking, biking, dancing, sliding, or just take the dog for a walk.
- Declutter – Spend the day cleaning out the closet or the garage. You can donate unwanted items to charity.
- Nurture your spirit – Indulge in personal time simply by relaxing, spa time, or at a yoga class.
- Participate in the campaign – Nonprofit organization Reboot, promoters of the National Day of Unplugging holiday, encourages everyone to display their reason for unplugging with the “I/We Unplug to ________” campaign. Create a sign with your answer and share it with others.
1.) On average, smartphone users tap or swipe their phone about 2,617 times a day, according to a study by Dscout.
2.) 77% of people own a smartphone, and they take them everywhere they go. A Pew Research Center study found that 70% of adults sleep with their phones very close by.
3.) Around 3.5 billion people use social media worldwide, averaging 3 hours per day viewing posts and messaging.
4.) Time spent on social media sites over the course of a lifetime averages about five years and three months for the typical user.
5.) The most-followed person on Instagram is a soccer star, Cristiano Ronaldo. He has more than 255 million followers.
- Why does everyone always brag that they are going to go unplugged for a while?
Wireless devices were invented decades ago.
- Why did the smartphone go to prison?
It was charged with a battery.
- My grandad said we teenagers rely too much on technology.
So I called him a hypocrite and unplugged his life support.
- What did the WiFi router say when it was unplugged?
“Tell my WiFi love her.”
- How much does a hipster weigh?
- Why did the smartphone need glasses?
It lost all its contacts.
- I’m thinking of starting a social media network for chickens.
Not as a full-time job, just a way to make hens meet.
- Did you know people are getting paid to mention products in their Facebook statuses?
That’s as crazy as the discounts at Dave’s Furniture Emporium.
- I told my Dad I am going to delete all of my social media accounts, throw away my electronics, and go live in the woods.
He told me I couldn’t just Thoreau my life away.
Unplug Joke Meme
Puns and Humor
- Don’t be worried about your smartphone or TV spying on you.
Your vacuum cleaner has been gathering dirt on you for years.
- I told my wife, “If ever I become comatose and depend on a machine for my survival, unplug me.”
She unplugged the computer.
- The suggestion that I unplugged the subwoofer is a bassless accusation.
The price of smartphones is getting way too ridiculous.
If I fall and hear something crack, I’m hoping it’s a bone.
- Until today, I could never understand how my parents entertained themselves in their days before smartphones were a thing.
I asked my 72 other siblings, and they haven’t got a clue either.
- When I was a kid, my social network was called “outside.”
Why can’t we get a smartphone that can properly autocorrect in/on?
- It’s really starting to get on my nerves.
Did you know that the Spanish-speaking population of Canada knows how to unplug from technology once in a while, do nothing, and learn to be bored with their free time?
That’s right; they can get nada.
- I almost forgot to update my status that I’d been to the gym.
What a waste of a workout that would have been!
- I usually put my smartphone in my back pocket.
Now I’m a smart ass.
- My father is so cheap…
When we go to bed, he unplugs the clocks.
Quotes about Unplugging
- Being connected to everything has disconnected us from ourselves and the preciousness of this present moment.
- Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes… Including you.
- Go for a walk outdoors. Reconnect with the feeling of the wind blowing through your hair. Listen to the birds that live in a tree in your yard. Watch the sunset. Take time to smell the flowers that bloom in the park during the summer. The natural world is just as natural as it ever was, except there’s less of it than there was twenty-five years ago – and most of us don’t make a point of enjoying it often enough.
- Whenever we look around the world, we see smart leaders – in politics, in business, in media – making terrible decisions. What they’re lacking is not IQ but wisdom. This is no surprise; it has never been harder to tap into our inner wisdom because, to do so, we have to disconnect from all our omnipresent devices – our gadgets, our screens, our social media – and reconnect with ourselves.
- We get sucked into the Internet and streaming information, and it’s time to unplug and look within.
- “If you will only pause, as you hurry through your days, take a minute to look at passersby, beyond cursory skin-deep analysis, all the way into their eyes, what beauty you might find woven from the life threads there.
- In this media-drenched, multitasking, always-on age, many of us have forgotten how to unplug and immerse ourselves completely in the moment. We have forgotten how to slow down. Not surprisingly, this fast-forward culture is taking a toll on everything from our diet and health to our work and the environment.
- The more ways we have to connect, the more many of us seem desperate to unplug.
- We’re plugged in 24 hours a day now. We’re all part of one big machine, whether we are conscious of that or not. And if we can’t unplug from that machine, eventually, we’re going to become mindless.
- Work is important, but you also need to disconnect, to unplug at times, in order to be even more concentrated when you do work.
- Don’t get so caught up in being accessible to the world that you become inaccessible to your family.
- I find it refreshing to unplug from it for a while. You kind of forget how deeply you get embedded in it.
- Winston Churchill once said, “We shape our buildings, and afterward our buildings shape us.”. In a broader context, we have shaped our technology to achieve greater productivity and responsiveness, and now our technology is shaping our behavior where we are always “on-demand.” This has led to a culture where technology plays a greater role in defining who we are. Take a day off.
Arin Murphy-Hiscock Quote
Unplugging helps you refocus on yourself instead of being pulled in a zillion different directions. Those directions may all be important, but you are just as important. Unplugging allows you to focus on being in the moment, here and now.
It helps you step away from the emotional roller coaster that you ride reacting to a friend’s story, a news article, or outrage over worldwide events. Unplugging gives you the chance to remember who you are at your core.
Captions for Instagram
- Get unplugged.
- Unplugging from the city.
- Free your mind.
- Digital detox.
- Unplug to connect.
- Keep calm and try unplugging it.
- Unplug awhile.
- I’m unplugging.
- Outside and unplugged!
- Airplane mode.
- Invest in rest.
- Face to face.
- Unplug and explore.
- Power off.
- Unplug for best results.
Future dates for the holiday
Find out what day National Day of Unplugging falls on this year with the chart below.
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