Ooops, my bad. Have you unplugged?

Lowe Tech capNo sooner do we enlighten you on how the world is waking up and going to sleep with their laptops and smart phones (see my March 12th post), then I notice that the pendulum is slowly swinging back the other way. I apologize.

Not sure if you noticed, but last weekend the nonprofit group Reboot launched a “National Day of Unplugging.” Their Sabbath Manifesto is designed to get stressed-out techies (Jewish and non-Jewish) to turn-off Facebook and Twitter for the weekend, and turn-on to the Biblical concept of a day of rest. Rather than tweeting and emailing, the group suggests 10 principles to follow:

  • Avoid technology
  • Connect with loved ones
  • Nurture your health
  • Get outside
  • Avoid commerce
  • Light candles
  • Drink wine
  • Eat bread
  • Find silence
  • Give back

The “Drink wine” principle really jumped out at me, personally, so I think they may be on to something here. Plus the whole idea of spending time doing more meaningful and ultimately fulfilling activities has a certain appeal. In fact, I think I might unplug and unwind this weekend – so don’t look for any blog posts dated this weekend.

  1. I think it would be wonderful if we participated in “unplugging” more often. Not that I should talk, since I’m usually glued to my blackberry and laptop. My conversations and catching up with friends and siblings are mostly done through Facebook, BBM, and G-chat. But there is really something to be said for doing something more meaningful, more authentic, and I am always up for all of it involving drinking wine!

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