Join the Real World: The ‘Day to Disconnect’ is Sunday

Walk around any neighborhood of New York and you’ll find people so latched to their iPhone screens they nearly stroll in to moving traffic. Walk in to any meeting at a PR firm and there will undoubtedly be at least one person who can’t go the full hour without checking their smartphone.

We suspect public relations professionals are among the worst offenders of screen obsession. Never wanting to miss a client email, journalist query or even a re-tweet notification, we hover. Oh do we hover. But the truth is, much can be gained by focusing on the people actually at hand.

To find out just how hooked you are, take the pledge to disconnect from anywhere from 1 to 24 hours on the “Day to Disconnect,” this Sunday.

Similar to Disconnect to Reconnect held this past summer, the Day is designed to see how much can be gained in our relationships by breaking the obsessive technology habit.  It’s an effort by Rabbi Zechariah Wallerstein of Ohr Naava, the Women’s Torah Center in Brooklyn.

For some visual motivation, check the sad-ass video below.  For ideas on how to spend your time this Sunday, see 101 Things To Do While Disconnecting.

[via Social Times]

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