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National Day of Unplugging March 23-24

March 22, 2012
Estherville Daily News

Do you have multiple cell phones? Do you find it hard to get through a conversation without posting an update to Facebook? Do you take your laptop to the beach on vacation? Does your partner want to throw your BlackBerry out the window?

Well, then you might be a candidate for the National Day of Unplugging - from sundown Friday, March 23 to sundown Saturday, March 24.

Highlighted every year in March by the National Day of Unplugging, the Sabbath Manifesto is designed to help hyper-connected people of all backgrounds to embrace the ancient ritual of a day of rest.

We increasingly miss out on the important moments of our lives as we pass the hours with our noses buried in our iPhones and BlackBerrys, chronicling our every move through Facebook and Twitter and shielding ourselves from the outside world with the bubble of "silence" that our ear phones create.

If you recognize that in yourself - or in the loved ones around you - consider taking the Unplug Challenge and start living a different life: connect with the people physically around you, have an uninterrupted glass of wine or read a book to your child.

If you'd like to take the pledge, go to and then easily share it with friends and family through Facebook, Twitter and e-mail.

Yeah, sure. It's a little ironic to use technology to take a pledge against using technology.

But it's worth a shot - or maybe at least a tweet.



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