March 22, 2012 at 2:58 PM ET
Look, it's not that we wouldn't like to do this, but realistically, how can we agree to a "digital detox" and completely unplug for 24 hours? Here's what those behind the "National Day of Unplugging," from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday, hope you will do:
Shut down your computer. Turn off your cellphone. Stop the constant emailing, texting, Tweeting and Facebooking to take time to notice the world around you. Connect with loved ones. Nurture your health. Get outside. Find silence. Avoid commerce. Give back. Eat Together.
That's a tall order to fill, especially the "turn off your cellphone," which for many of us, is glued to our palms almost constantly.
As of Thursday morning, more than 1,200 people had taken the "pledge" to unplug during the time period which coincides with the weekly Jewish Sabbath, a time of rest and reflection for religious Jews. The group behind the effort is called Sabbath Manifesto, and this is the third year of the "National Day of Unplugging."
You can find out more here, says the group:
To connect with National Day of Unplugging on Facebook, click here: http://www.facebook.com/SabbathManifesto
To learn more about the Sabbath Manifesto, the on-going unplugging project that was the genesis of the National Day of Unplugging, click here: http://www.NationalDayOfUnplugging.com
Just be sure you check this info before Friday at sunset.