Last month, many people relinquished their cellphones, iPads and access to social media websites for 24 hours in celebration of the National Day of Unplugging.
This day propelled writers to debate whether unplugging is worthwhile. Some agree with the National Day of Unplugging representatives' assertion that unplugging gives individuals the opportunity to form real-life connections and pursue meaningful offline activities.
“Although social media promises to strengthen connections, its technology has limitations. Clicking a Facebook like or becoming a Twitter follower creates a bond, but not a strong one,” says Henry G. Brinton at The Huffington Post.
“We can all benefit from unplugging from the online world for a day or a season (such as Lent) and finding serenity and spiritual growth in a stronger connection to God and to the people closest to us,” he says.
Casey N. Cep at The New Yorker, on the other hand, does not think unplugging is restorative.
“Unplugging from devices doesn’t stop us from experiencing our lives through their lenses, frames and formats,” says Cep. “We are only ever tourists in the land of no technology, our visas valid for a day or a week or a year, and we travel there with the same eyes and ears that we use in our digital homeland.”
He adds that people who take a break from social media often quickly return to these networks and ask what they missed.
Elissa Strauss at The Jewish Daily Forward also does not believe unplugging is necessarily better. She unplugged during the Sabbath, but found she was missing important information from friends and family.
“So instead of focusing so much energy on unplugging as a way to reconnect on the Sabbath, I think we should put more effort into plugging into life around us,” says Strauss. “Make a point of having friends over for Friday night dinner at least once a month. You can even text them your address.”
- Stretches and exercises for carpal tunnel syndrome
- The best Major League ballparks have their own personality
- Comparing the best regular seasons: The '96 Bulls and '16 Warriors
- 3 Arizona road trips and the vehicles to get you there
- Colon cancer is preventable. Check these signs and symptoms to stay healthy.
- 6 of the biggest skin cancer myths
- Affordable small home makeover ideas
- Locals helping locals: 6 success stories you need to know about
- Sunscreen facts that could save your life
- 6 energy saving hacks for your home
- 5 tips for choosing a company to end your timeshare
- Overlooked water tips to save you money
- 5 of the most adored gentlemen in professional sports today
- The real danger of sitting at your desk
- Most surprising NBA playoff performances of the last 40 years
- 11 classic baseball movies you must see again
- Finally getting rid of fat: 3 methods that actually work
- 4 reasons cancer survivors should focus on food
- 5 spring cleaning spots everyone forgets
- 5 reasons to look forward to watching the D-backs this season
- Common virus attributed to spike in head and neck cancers
- 5 signs it’s time to end your timeshare ownership
- 3 most overlooked ways to keep your home healthy
- 6 ways the air in your home could be making you sick
- CrossFit dangers: 5 common injuries and how to deal with them
- Today's radiation treatments offer better success, fewer side effects
- Tips to make watching TV on the patio even better
- What really happens when you donate to a community college?
- Sun and skin cancer: Separating fact from fiction
- 5 critical lifestyle changes for a healthy colon