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I’ll be the first to admit, I’m addicted to technology.

My day revolves around gadgets—my iPhone wakes me up in the morning, I listen to Spotify as I get ready and on my way to work, I’m glued to my email throughout the day, I communicate with friends and family via text, I rely on multiple iPhone apps to find new places to go and how to get there, and, well I think you get the picture. I rely on technology. I need technology. The question is this: can I go without it for 24 whole hours? I don’t know, but I’m going to try!

Tonight at sundown marks the official start of the National Day of Unplugging (NDU) and Weber Shandwick client Reboot is asking everyone to turn off their gadgets and spend time connecting with friends and family the old fashioned, face-to-face way.

With 61% of people claiming they’re addicted to the Internet, there’s clearly a need to take a break from technology and unplug every once in a while.

That’s why I took the pledge on Causes.com, and am going to unplug and recharge the part of my brain that doesn’t need technology to survive. From sundown tonight until sundown tomorrow, I’m going to resist the urge to constantly update my Facebook status and turn off my iPhone (gasp!). Instead, I’ll spend time reading paperback books (not my Kindle!) and talking face-to-face with friends and family.

We’re seeing calls to unplug from across the country, from notable figures including fashion designer Rachel Roy, who challenged her staff to participate, and Seattle’s own Hanson Hosein.

Take the pledge and celebrate the third annual National Day of Unplugging and the nearly 2,000 others who have already pledged to participate.

Are you brave enough to join me? I dare you!

Stay tuned until next week when I’ll share what it was like to take a 24-hour tech detox.

Images Courtesy of g4ll4is and Reboot.

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