National Day of Unplugging

National Day of Unplugging is a holiday that’s celebrated on the first Friday in March and is intended to be a day on which people should spend 24 hours disconnected from their electronics. A person celebrating this day should avoid social media, electronics, and technology from the time they wake up in the morning to the time they go to bed at night. Disconnecting from technology provides people with significant benefits, as we hope this holiday proves.

The History of National Day of Unplugging

National Day of Unplugging is based on the Jewish day of rest and was founded in 2019. It was created as a way for people to unplug from technology so they can see how technology doesn’t have to be an ever-present part of our lives every single second of every day. It was created by Reboot, a nonprofit that was created to help rekindle connections during the 21st century in Jewish communities. However, since it was created, it has been celebrated by people all over the world.

The Benefits of Disconnecting from Technology

Disconnecting from technology can have some seriously positive benefits for everyone who tries it. Far too often, technology is as much a source of anxiety as it is a tool that helps us organize our lives. That’s why we wanted to include this section on some of the benefits a person can obtain if they take the time to unplug from their tech—even if it’s just for one day.

Reduces Stress

Studies have shown that technology tends to put our brains on an “On-All-The-Time” schedule, and this can create a lot of stress. Taking just a few hours off from your smartphone or computer can help reduce stress levels and make a person feel like they’re more engaged in the moment.

Reduces Neck Pain

Tech-Neck is a real condition that’s caused by a person looking down at their phone for extended periods of time. This can create not only neck pain but also headaches and even cause neck spasms.

Improves Mental Health

Anyone who has spent more than five minutes on Twitter or Facebook knows just how much social media can drive feelings of loneliness, depression, jealousy, and general dissatisfaction with one’s own life. Taking a break from social media can help a person feel better about themselves and boost their self-esteem.

Celebrating National Day of Unplugging

Anyone who wishes to celebrate this day should do so by taking the day to unplug themselves from their technology. Although technology is great and does make our lives better, always using it can have some serious consequences for a person’s physical and mental health. Taking the day to disconnect can help to recenter a person’s life and bring things back into perspective.

When is it?
This year (2024)
March 1 Friday
Next year (2025)
March 7 Friday
Last year (2023)
March 3 Friday
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