If you’re like me, you probably like to let loose a bit on Fridays.

Maybe grab a long lunch, or knock off a bit early to enjoy a drink with friends. It’s almost the weekend, after all.

But this Friday, people across the country are planning to unwind a bit differently. March 7 marks the fifth annual National Day of Unplugging (NDU), a chance to shut down your laptops, give those thumbs a rest from texting and detox from the glowing screens that are increasingly limiting our interactions with the world around us.

For 24 hours starting at sundown on March 7, the nonprofit, Reboot, is encouraging folks to sign the Unplug Pledge and “Start living a different life: connect with the people in your street, neighborhood and city, have an uninterrupted meal or read a book to your child.”

I’ve never thought of myself as being overly reliant on technology. But after hearing about the NDU, I took a look at my daily routine, and honestly, I was pretty surprised. If I’m not catching the latest headlines using the NPR app, I have my nose buried in my Kindle during my commute to work. From there, it’s eight hours spent tapping away in front of a computer – with the occasional text distractions from friends, of course – before unwinding by cooking with a new recipe found on my iPad or delving into the latest episode of some show on my laptop.

Suffice it say, my initial skepticism for this “day” vanished pretty quickly and well, I’ll be unplugging with the best of them on Friday night. 

What is Weber Shandwick doing to unplug? We’re having a celebratory happy hour of course! What better excuse to get in some face time with our colleagues over a beer or two?

So tell us… how will you be unplugging this Friday and Saturday?

Feature image courtesy of Kris Krug.

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