Friday, March 23, 2012
The #Unplug Challenge
In our overly connected, technology-savvy world, "unplugging" is kind of laughable. When I tell people I'm "unplugged," what I'm really saying is, "I haven't checked my Blackberry in the last hour, but logged into e-mail this morning, tweeted about 20 minutes ago and am sending a text message about once every five minutes."
Let's be serious - unplugging today just doesn't happen. We love our smartphones, iPads and laptops, and connecting with each other is just what we do.
That's why I'm so excited for Reboot's #Unplug movement beginning tonight at sundown - a challenge to truly unplug (no laptops, iPads, smartphones, etc.) for 24 hours. No tweeting, Facebook-ing, texting or downloading of any sort for 24 hours straight - caveman-style.
After an initial, "Cool! I'm in," I realized what this would really mean - how will I make any plans tonight or tomorrow? How will I know where to meet my friends for dinner? What if I get lost and need my GPS? And most pressing of all, what if I just really need to tweet? (You know, something super important like the 10 weirdest pins on Pinterest.)
But then I remember - that's why this is a challenge. Because challenges aren't meant to be easy.
So join me - sign the pledge, turn off your phone and experience life for 24 hours without the technology we cling to so dearly.