National Day of Unplugging

Today is the fourth annual National Day of Unplugging.

I went out to lunch last Saturday afternoon and noticed that out of all the tables surrounding ours, not a single group was having a conversation. I was surrounded by the glow of smartphone screens. When did people forget that it’s rude to make phone calls during dinner? Or to ignore someone sitting right in front of them? Where have our manners gone? Most of us have become so accustomed to mindlessly checking our facebook, twitter or instagram feeds that we seem to have lost the real art of conversation. Or more simply. The ability to spend quality time with the person we are with. Stop wondering what everyone else is doing, eating or wearing. Focus on the people with whom you choose to surround yourself.
Today is the day to UNPLUG!
Try this challenge the next time you go out with friends:
“Make a pact to stay off your phones — the time you spend with your friends will really count. Adams suggests phone stacking: Have your pals stack their phones in the middle of the table and enjoy the live conversation, food (of which there will be no Instagramming) and eye contact. First person to reach for the phone picks up the tab.”

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You never know where unplugging, even for an hour or two, may take you.

How do you feel about unplugging?

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