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National Day Of Unplugging: Take A Tech Break This Weekend

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 03/04/2011 1:26 pm EST Updated: 11/17/2011 9:02 am EST

We at HuffPost Living are always looking for ways to help you de-stress, relax and get your life back under control. That's why we'd like to encourage you to take a one-day spring break -- from your smartphone, that is.

The second annual National Day of Unplugging is this weekend, running for the 25 hours from sundown Friday, March 4, to sundown, Saturday, March 5. You are invited to disconnect from the Internet and reconnect with family, friends and the world around you. In other words, it's time to unplug and recharge.

Developed by the non-profit organization Reboot, the National Day of Unplugging is
guided by the Sabbath Manifesto, an ongoing project that encourages people to slow down their lives by avoiding technology.

To aid you in your digital detox, Reboot even offers a handy, albeit unexpected, tool: a smartphone app. If downloaded, it serves as a kind of reverse FourSquare, announcing to your Facebook and Twitter communities that you are temporarily logged out.

"Believe me, we fully get the irony of using a high-tech app to announce a low-tech day," wrote Reboot spokeswoman Tanya Schevitz to The New York Times in -- further irony -- an e-mail. "But really, what better way to tell your followers that you won't be tweeting on the weekend."

Also available on the National Day of Unplugging website are cell phone sleeping bags to shield you from temptation, as well as phonekerchiefs -- hankies made with silver fibers that effectively block incoming calls and texts.

How will you be observing the National Day of Unplugging? A nature walk? Lunch with friends? Let us know in the comments below!

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