At the Peninsula JCC, a family that #unplugs together stays together.
In Billings, Montana over 1,000 people chose face-paint instead of FaceTime at the Heritage Playpalooza.
Digital Detox + Camp Grounded brought summer camp to the adults on the National Day of Unplugging.
Before participating in UNPLUG LA, the kids went green by making seed bombs in a mobile garden truck by Compass Green.
By: Carley Becker
The morning of the University of Delaware Hillel’s leadership retreat started with a lot of instant messaging. A group chat that twenty-one Hillel leaders are currently a part of was blowing up: who’s wearing what, what shoes are we bringing, where’s the carpool information? Our phones are our communication lines, our GPS, our music for the journey from Newark to Wilmington. And they quickly became a much smaller part of our weekend.
One of the first things we discussed on the retreat was the idea of “unplugging.” If we were to turn off our phones for Shabbat, to avoid social media or the constant need to check text messages, would we be anxiously awaiting Saturday night or dreading the moment we had to turn our phones back on?
Partnering with Reboot’s National Day of Unplugging, Hillel decided to find out. We were provided canvas pouches for our phones—their ‘sleeping bags’—and the student leaders put down their hand-held tech. As students wrote to Reboot, “I unplug to stay calm, enhance my mind, kesher [Hebrew for ‘connection’].” We put away our phones with the weekend goal of engaging with one another on a deeper personal level without the distraction or pressure of constant outside communication.
The National Day of Unplugging took place on March 6-7. Hundreds of online and broadcast publication shared unplug news. And here are some highlights:
1. How did you get involved in Unplugging?
After joining the team at ParentsWare, over a year ago, I became exposed to the concept of digital dieting and net nutrition. Here at ParentsWare we create apps that help parents instill these values in their children, by limiting Internet and App use. It’s amazing how over consumption of device use can completely change the development of a child. Last year, as a tech company, we unplugged and I’m excited to be apart of the movement this second time around.
Unplug with a t-shirt. Teespring has a special line of new cotton tees with reminders to go outside and participate in the original face time. Celebrate the National Day of Unplugging with fashion: unplug, hug, be awesome. (Teespring)
”Pretend it’s a blackout,” and other tips for unplugging this week. (Richmond Times- Dispatch)
Real time vs. #realtime: creating family culture around technology and screens. (Chicago Tribune)
Unplug to read with a pile of books. (PJ Library)
Reboot’s own Tanya Scheivitz talks about the National Day of Unplugging. (Digital Mindfulness Podcast)
“Let me be present right where I am,” a mother’s thoughts on unplugging this Friday. (Interfaith Family)
Unplug to let go of FOMO and get grounded in the here and now. (Press Herald)
Rutgers Hillel gave away almost 200 cell phone sleeping bags to students, and Rabbi Brandon Bernstein wrote about how to connect when you unplug.
Students at UCLA Hillel got Chai on Life and unplugged on a hike, and then on the golf course.
What’s the best way to get students to plug in to Jewish life on campus?Delaware Hillel student leaders put their phones in sleeping bags to find out.
1,500 students participated in Unplugged Shabbat dinners across the University of Maryland, College Park campus on Friday, March 6th.
Hillel at Berkeley Unplugged–but they made a video about it first.
1. How did you get involved in Unplugging?
Growing up I never had the latest phone or the newest gadgets – I was on social media, but didn’t post frequently or feel like it held any significance in my life. When I got involved with Flipd, as ironic as it is, I had to become omnipresent on social media, available through email 24/7, and constantly check for user feedback. I went from someone who could leave the house without her phone, to someone who was always on it for work. I started even checking my email during my first alarm before hitting snooze. I was checking while half-asleep! I knew then I’d developed the same poor habits that we’re trying to help curb with Flipd. Knowing that I’d had good phone habits before, I’ve taken strides to fix my behaviour. Flipping Off is the easiest way for me to disconnect from my phone without having to turn it off.
Tiffany Shlain, founder of The Webby Awards, and the Moxie Institute Film Studio + Lab presents a video on the history of childhood. It turns out, kids had more access to knowledge when we had less technology. Today, parents like Tiffany and her husband are finding a balance between screen time and real time in new and creative ways.