National #Unplug Day

Ever find it hard to get through a day without posting an update to Facebook or Twitter? Is your computer or phone always on?

Embracing technology is fantastic for so many reasons – keeping in touch with friends and family all over the world, marketing a business, entertaining us with viral videos and Snapchats and educating us.

However, are we logging off enough? Living in a digital world impacts your time and energy. Do we all need to log off and have a regular but brief digital detox…?

In a recent Irish survey, over 43% of people asked said that checking social media is the last thing they do every night before they go to sleep. It would be an interesting statistic to see how many of us sleep with our phone under our pillow! Because the internet is so easily accessible, often sitting in our pocket all day, it’s not surprising that many of us spend time online purely out of habit. Isn’t everyone? Checking e-mail in the bathroom and sleeping with your cell phone by your bed are now considered normal. Four hours out every 20 hours spent online, are actually spent on Facebook! In fact, over 20% of people admitted to checking their phones every ten minutes.

If modern technology means we can be connected anywhere, anytime then how do we switch off? There are clear benefits to be derived from the ubiquity of technology in our daily lives, but if mobile phones, constant internet access and multiple social media accounts mean we’re always on call then can we switch off? And how… Simply unplug!

Join Aoife Rigney on March 7th for the National Day of Unplugging, designed to help hyper-connected people of all backgrounds to embrace the ancient ritual of a day of rest. On Friday, take some time to unplug. You choose how long and when! Sign the #Unplug pledge  and tweet using #Unplug to spread the word that you’re logging off!

If you don’t know what this day is about, it is a day when the hyper-connected take a pledge to spend and enjoy the simpler things in life. Think of it as a digital detox day where you get your nose out of your smartphone and into more tangible things that can provide you with long-term satisfaction. If you can’t spend a full 24 hours offline, then perhaps you could take a few hours, or even an hour.

While you are offline this Friday, perhaps you could do something you’ve been meaning to do for ages? Read that book, go to the cinema or maybe spend the day working without social media notifications, emails and hours browsing the web.

Logout… Unplug … Switch off… Relax!

Do you accept the National Day of Unplugging challenge? Will you join us and sign the Unplug Pledge this Friday? Let us know what you think and how long you pledge to stay offline this National Day of Unplugging by using #Unplug

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Aoife Rigney is a digital marketing and social media strategist, advisor, trainer and event speaker. Aoife loves her work – it’s her passion! From training one to one or a large group, advising a business on their digital strategy or speaking to a room of people – she simply loves it!

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