Yes, there really is a National Unplugging Day.
This year’s was on 26th June. If you missed out, don’t worry, you’ll get another chance next year.
The point behind it is to offer you a chance to do a digital detox.
We’re all so tied to our smartphones, iPads and computers these days it’s hard to imagine what life used to be like (for those of us old enough to remember the non-connected world).
So to help you prepare for it, here are a few tips on how you become completely unplugged for the day – if you’re up to the challenge.
Turn your phone off
A simple and obvious step, but one that’s really difficult to do.
If switching it off is too much for you, how about putting it on silent and turning off notifications so your just using it as a phone.
If you can be really brave and go incommunicado for the day, switch it off and shut it away in a draw.
Leave tech behind
This is easier said than done, but how about a weekend away where there is no WiFi.
If a trip away isn’t on the cards, put all your tech in one room, shut the door and walk away from it. Then go and so something outside – go for a run, bike ride or visiting a lovely ruin somewhere; anything that keeps you away from your virtual online life.
Get your news the old-fashioned way
If shutting yourself off from the world is just a bit too scary for you, buy a newspaper so you can see what’s going on.
Going on a day trip? Then use a good old-fashioned map book rather than your phone’s satnav.
Stop checking at night
Hands up if you’re guilty of sending emails at night or updating your Facebook status.
Stop it. No one wants to be contacted or poked at that time of night. Switch your phone to flight mode, or better still, leave it downstairs and buy an alarm clock.
No sneaky peaks
One rather worrying statistic is that, according to a US study from a couple of years ago, 75 per cent of people use their devices in the lavatory.
Don’t not only is it wrong, it’s unhygienic.
Do something different
Forget catching up on box sets, get outside and do something different, or bake a cask, or do that DIY you’ve been putting off, how about write someone a proper old-fashioned letter?
Are you up for the challenge?
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