National Day Of Unplugging Gets You Offline For Tech Detox: Attention Getter

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Stop posting Facebook pictures. Halt your Twitter updates. Ignore that potential picture of puppies for Tumblr. It's time to unplug.

The National Day of Unplugging is a movement taking place from sundown on March 23 to sundown on March 24, and it's calling for you to step away from the computer, the tablet, the smartphone -- anything that connects you to the electronic world, and not the people around you.

The idea stemmed from organization Reboot's Sabbath Manifesto, based on the Jewish tradition of resting from Friday sundown to Saturday sundown without using any electricity. Going on its third year in 2012, Reboot recently hosting a talk at "the most plugged-in place on the planet," Austin's South by Southwest festival, on "Can You Survive A Day Without Technology?"

Even The Huffington Post's own editor-in-chief, Arianna Huffington, has made it her personal mission to ensure people get more sleep and reconnect with those around them.

Offshoots from the day include initiatives to sit down and have a meal together and meet your neighbours (Reboot has helpfully pulled together an "Undo" list for those looking for suggestions.)

So, is a bit strange for a website to be encouraging you to unplug for a day? Maybe, but the benefits of detox aren't weird at all. Unplugging clears your mind, then lets you appreciate what you were missing as soon as you can get back to it. Besides, when people are saying they'd rather give up sex than their smartphone, you know it's time to take a break.

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