I have always thought the idea of Unplugging oneself is something I would like to try. I had no idea there was a whole day dedicated to it. An article found on The Real World Magazine from The New Yorker talks about this day and “The Pointlessness of Unplugging”. The whole point of an unplugged day is to abstain from using technology. Such as: Phone, tables, computers and televisions. One thing I would like to point out is the absurdity of the picture with the article, and the self portraits linked through the article. If the women unplugs to knit then why in the world is there a camera being used during her unplugged day? Wouldn't this be a breach from the abstinence of no technology?
When reading the article I was really struck by one passage:
“Many submitted self-portraits to Reboot holding explanations of why they chose to unplug: “to be more connected,” “to reset,” “to spend more time with my family,” “so my eye will stop twitching,” “to bring back the beauty of life,” “to be in the moment.” Not so long ago, those very reasons (except, maybe, for the eye-twitching) would have explained why many took to the devices that they were now unplugging: to connect with old friends, to talk with family across the world, to see beautiful places and curious creatures through photographs and documentaries, to relax for a few moments with music.”
I was intrigued with the idea that we used to associate ‘getting more connected’ and ‘resetting’ with our technology usage. I can’t deny it. I think that some used to feel Facebook was a way to get connected but now it feels more like an obligation. Television is considered a thing to be unplugged from and I think a lot of Americans used this in order to wind down after a day at work, but now ads and commercials have taken over and made TV watching become filled with anxiety.
I really liked that they article questions this. Because unplugging may bring you some relief, but when you turn all your devices back on how much will you have missed from your supposed “fake” life? Perhaps you missed a deadline at work and got an email about it. Maybe (god forbid) someone you loved got in a car accident and you missed the phone call. We are no longer able to unplug from our online selves to be more “real”, our online and real personas are melded together.