My Experiment in unplugging for a day


Texting at dinner Have you ever been spending time with friends or family and you have noticed that it’s suddenly gone quiet. Everyone has stopped talking and the silence has managed to distract you from browsing on your Smartphone long enough for you to look up. You quickly see that the reason everyone has stopped talking is… the have their head down on their Smartphones too.

FOMO – Fear of Missing Out

According to research from Assurant Solutions, Brits feel lost without their mobiles after just 13 minutes. We also check our mobiles on average of 45 times per day. 33% of Brits check their phone first thing in the morning upon waking.

National Day of UnpluggingFacebook, Twitter, SMS, WhatsApp, Skype, LinkedIn, Blogs… we have so many methods to stay connected with friends and the wider world, and we all seem to suffer with FOMO – Fear of missing out. A fear that drives us to regularly eschew being present in the moment as we go online to keep up with what is happening elsewhere.

I’m as guilty of this as anybody, spending more time taking photos and sending status updates to tell others where I was, what I was doing and with who I was doing it than I was actually being present in the moment.

In 2012 I quit using Foursquare, and in 2013 I reassessed my relationship with Facebook. On Friday 7th March 2014, it will be the National Day of Unplugging and I’m going to join in by turning my Smartphone off for the entire day, giving my iPad a wide berth, ignoring Social Media, not reading emails, and generally  being disconnected from the Internet.

24 hours without the Internet

How will I get on? As a self-confessed techno-geek, will I get withdrawal symptoms? The cold sweats? What on earth will I do for a full 24 hours without the Internet?

On Saturday I’ll update this blog post with my thoughts on my experiment in unplugging for a day.

photo credit: tantek via photopin cc


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  • Liz Broomfield2014-03-07 07:42:07

    I think I'm going to try it for a day on our holiday in April - just enjoy the time without electronics. We'll see!

  • Richard Tubb2014-03-06 23:22:42

    Liz - obviously, unplugging isn't for all of us and I'm unplugging more to see how 24 hours without the Internet feels after so many years of never being without a Smartphone or PC! With that said, all of us probably need to unplug (if just for a short while) for that we probably do. The gym counts! :-)

  • Liz Broomfield2014-03-06 20:02:16

    I was about to say the same as Jo - and I work weekends, as well (I mean, I don't work all the time, constantly, but the nature of my clients and workflow means that I have something on the go most days). I have been careful about, for example, leaving my phone in another room during mealtimes, whether I'm with someone else or on my own, and I think it's a very good idea in principle, just not very practical for some of us unfortunately. I will be unplugging while I'm at the gym tomorrow, however - will that do?

  • Richard Tubb2014-03-06 11:10:41

    Jo - true! I'm fortunate in that I don't work Friday's so the impact will be minimised. I wonder if you could unplug on a weekend instead though?

  • Jo Harrison2014-03-06 10:15:07

    If I unplug for 24 hours I won't be able to work... so I'm going to have to pass this time! :)

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