Special Series: Unplugging from Technology 2015

    by Courtney Lowery Cowgill
    March 6, 2015
    Graphic by hyoin min and used here with Creative Commons license.

    Every device needs a reboot every once in awhile, human or otherwise.

    That’s what the National Day of Unplugging is about, prompting us all to take a technology break to slow down, connect with loved ones and reset ourselves a little.

    "Every device needs a reboot every once in awhile. "

    This year, the day was sundown March 6 to sundown March 7, advocated by Reboot and the creative project called “The Sabbath Manifesto,” designed to “slow down lives in an increasingly hectic world.”


    Each year, it feels just a little harder to unplug, but perhaps that’s why we need a day like this even more each year.

    At MediaShift, we take the National Day of Unplugging as an opportunity to expand our regular coverage of technology and media with a special series that looks at what it means to unplug from all of those things and how that works (or doesn’t) in our everyday, technology-filled lives.

    Enjoy the series and shoot us a line if you have something you’d like to contribute to the series.


    2015 Series Posts

    > Tips for Unplugging from Tech to Reconnect with Family, by Tanya Schevitz

    > Life-Changing Family Ritual: Weekly Unplugging, by Tiffany Shlain

    > How to Unplug Your Kids Despite Schools Pushing Tech with Common Core, by Jenny Shank

    > How a Plugged-In College Student Spent 24 Hours Without Tech, by Emily Skorin

    > Why It Takes More than Unplugging to Solve Modern Stress, by Amanda Enayati

    > An Experiment in International Travel and Disconnecting from Tech, by Dena Levitz


    2014 Posts

    > Celebrate Day of Unplugging with Nap-In, Typewriters, Live Music, by Angela Washeck

    > Tips for Unplugging and What to Do Once You Do, by Tanya Schevitz

    > How Do You Unplug When You Live and Work Online? by Dena Levitz

    > A Special Mediatwits Podcast on Unplugging, by the Mediatwits

    More Reading

    Check out these previous MediaShift articles about unplugging and taking Technology Sabbaths:

    > Nicholas Carr’s ‘Glass Cage’: Automation Will Hurt Society in Long Run, by Jenny Shank

    > Mediatwits #139: Finding Work-Life Balance with Technology in the ‘New Slow City,’ by Jefferson Yen

    > Hands-Free Parenting: How Much You Gain When You Unplug, by Rachel Stafford

    > In Political News, There’s a Fine Line Between a Well-Informed Public and an Overwhelmed One, by Mark Hannah

    > Why We Need a Technology Sabbath, by Tanya Schevitz

    > 5 Tips to Prevent Digital Burnout and Maintain Good Mental Health, by Sandra Ordonez

    > Mediatwits #52: Special Edition: Unplugging from Media and Technology by Mark Glaser

    > Why We Need to Teach Mindfulness in a Digital Age, by Aran Levasseur

    > 5Across: How to Deal with Technology Overload by Mark Glaser

    > Technology Sabbath Offers One Day to Unplug, by Mark Glaser

    > Your Take Roundup: We Need to Learn How to Unplug, by Mark Glaser

    > A Moment of Unplugged Zen Poolside, by Mark Glaser

    Other coverage across the web

    > Father-son videos make a case for National Day of Unplugging, Chicago Tribune

    > Keep it charged: The case against the well-intentioned but misguided National Day of Unplugging, National Post

    > A Tech Sabbath offers a chance to unplug, recharge at the Oregonian

    > I Need a Virtual Break. No Really at the NY Times

    > Sabbath Manifesto

    > We Don’t Need a Digital Sabbath, We Need More Time at The Atlantic

    > SPU students take a break from technology at Seattle Times

    > Remember the Sabbath? at the Guardian


    Correction: This post has been updated to correct the days for the National Day of Unplugging this year.

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