'Tech Sabbath' Proponents Unplug Tonight

'Manifesto' calls for 24 hours without digital distractions
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2010 5:38 PM CDT
A customer displays an Apple iPhone 3GS at an Apple store in Palo Alto, Calif., July 21, 2009.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, file)
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(Newser) – There might be a reality show in this: Take a full day off from your gadgets, starting tonight at sundown. No computer, smartphone, or digital camera for 24 hours—can you hack it? The "National Day of Unplugging" is the brainchild of Reboot, a New York-based think tank that's been spreading the word through a couple of the worst offenders, Facebook and Twitter.

"This 24-hour period of Luddite zen is the 'Sabbath Manifesto,'" explains SF Weekly. "Essentially, you just need to turn off, tune out, and drop out." Although Reboot is a Jewish group and Saturday the Jewish sabbath, the effort isn't religious. Asks the manifesto's own website: "Are you sick of having conversations with people with their noses buried in an iPhone? Are you that person?"

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