Think you could go completely offline for a day? Take part in National Unplugging Day this weekend (Sunday 26th June) and discover life outside your screen.
The first ever UK National Unplugging Day in 2015 was a huge success. For those who joined in, it was a chance to take a step back from their reliance on smartphones, tablets and laptops and live in the here and now for the day.
Here at Forest Holidays, we love the concept of National Unplugging Day. Our holidays are all about reconnecting - with nature, with those you love and with yourself. You won't do this from behind a screen!
What is National Unplugging Day?
The organisers of this Digital Detox movement are asking parents in particular to give their children a day off from the screen, to #GoGadgetFree and to fill the day instead with family activities that don’t need technology. This of course means that parents have to put their phones down too!
Why should we unplug?
Now, before we go any further, let's agree – technology is not a bad thing. But, if we are going to be absolutely honest, it is a little bit addictive, isn't it? It’s handy when the kids are on the X-Box and you can get on with the housework or gardening; it's hard not to check Facebook every time you pick up your phone; and it's nearly impossible to ignore the ping of an email or text message.
National Unplugging Day is the opportunity to take a step back. To switch everything off and see what happens. Evidence is building that our addiction to technology is harming us; parents and children often occupy the same space but may be each in their own online world - connected but not connecting. It's become our natural state, but the danger is that the things that used to be natural are being lost. National Unplugging day is a chance to rediscover what real life is all about.
In the words of the organisers: "It's a day where we urge everyone to come together and release their inner child and break free from technology to re-connect with themselves and those they love."