Do your fingers twitch at the buzz or bing of an incoming text?
Does your anxiety rise when your phone runs out of juice?
Consider giving you and your phone a break in the Dragons Unplug Challenge.
This month, design your own screen-cation (a.k.a. net-cation, tech-cation, tech sabbatical)- and perhaps join Coach Hall and Ms. DeGroat by completing an “I Unplug To _______” sign for the library’s Take the Dragons Unplug Challenge wall.
You could also participate in Unplugged Lunch on March 30th.
All participants who contribute a sign for the library wall or take part in a lunchtime library activity on March 30th will be entered in a prize drawing. Winners will be announced on Friday, March 31st.
Before deciding whether to take the unplug challenge, reflect on why you’d like to try it. Would you like to observe more closely the mental, emotional, or physical associations you have with technology, sort of like a scientist would? Would you like to see if taking a tech break has positive benefits for you? Would you like to evaluate what the drawbacks are? Or perhaps you’d just like to determine to what extent such a practice might be useful to you…or to see if you CAN take a break from it. Whatever the answer, invest a few minutes to figure out what the point of unplugging might be for you.
If you decide to unplug, select how long of a break you’ll take and what you’ll unplug – will it be Snapchat? texting? all social media? anything that requires the Internet? anything with a screen? Here are some pro-unplugging resources that might help with your plans…
- The Creative Benefits of Taking Mini-Sabbaticals from All Your Various Screens
- Why Everyone Should Unplug More Often
- How To Take a Break from the Digital World
And in the interest of sparking further discussion and reflection, check out the findings from a study about Psychological Stress and Social Media Use and an opinion essay that questions the benefit of unplugging: The Pointlessness of Unplugging. What do you think? Consider discussing this topic with friends and family.