March 5 is the Sabbath Manifesto’s National Day of Unplugging, and now it comes with its own iPhone app. That might seem counterintuitive, but what better way to reach an audience of geeks and media addicts than through an app?
The Sabbath Manifesto “checkout” app lets you easily check out of your social networks on Friday afternoons, and encourages you to create your own Sabbath Manifesto of things you like to do during your technology break.
The goal of the National Day of Unplugging is to get as many people as possible to turn off their smartphones, iPads, TV sets and computers. You can use the day without electronic media however you like, of course, but the Sabbath Manifesto crew have a few suggestions.
They run towards the obvious: resting, reconnecting with friends and family, pursuing creative passions or hobbies. Michael Pollan recommends taking one day a week as a Sabbath to avoid technology, and this movement is right in line with that approach.
The Sabbath Manifesto crowd turn their smartphones off every Friday at sundown and keep them off until the following sundown. This weekend, they’re inviting the world to join them.
Will you be participating in the National Day of Unplugging? What will you do with a technology-free day?