The National Day of Unplugging has begun. Can you go digital-free for 24 hours?

Put down the phone. Leave the iPad alone. Turn off your computer. Can you handle this digital detox for 24 hours?

That’s the question posted by The National Day of Unplugging, an American-led digital shabbat–sundown-to-sundown, tonight through to tomorrow evening–that asks everyone to put down their devices, slow down, let your brain rest, and basically go back to the way things used to be before the Interwebs. Remember books? Board games? Talking to people face-to-face?

From the press release:

“Over the past decade, NDU has been at the forefront of the movement to educate people about the dangers involved with over-reliance on technology–especially as it pertains to handheld devices.”

As an incentive, there’s Unplug for a Cause, which will donate a pair of socks to the homeless for everyone unplugged minute tracked in a special app.

Can you stop clicking and scrolling for 24 hours?

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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