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National day of unplugging

National day of unplugging

by Terri Gruca

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Posted on February 27, 2011 at 11:00 PM

Updated Sunday, Feb 27 at 9:42 PM

It’s amazing anyone knows how to communicate face-to-face these days. It seems everywhere you go people are texting or talking on their phones.

I’m always giving Tyler, my co-anchor, a tough time about his inability to unplug. Maybe it’s part of being pregnant, but I have no problem turning off my phone or my computer and leaving my e-mails, phone calls and social networking for the weekdays.

If you’re one of those who can’t seem to tune out here’s your chance. A group called Sabbath Manifesto, a Jewish organization, is asking people of all faiths to participate in a one-day movement away from technology. It is calling Friday, March 4th and Saturday, March 5th the National Day of Unplugging.

The goal is to get people “to return to the values inherent in a modern day of rest: reconnecting with family, friends and the world around them.”

According to Nielsen media Americans spend a quarter of their time each day on social networking sites and blogs. That’s up from 15.8 percent a year ago.

A 2010 Nielsen study found that teenagers are sending or receiving an average of 3,339 texts a month.

So if you’re looking for an excuse to tune out, here it is.

Let me know if you’re successful.

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