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  • Jenn Virskus

    I think this is a great initiative and I'm totally behind taking time to turn off my phone, whether it's for a full Sabbath or not... however I find it a little ironic that I'm able to "like" this on Facebook. ;)

  • chheller

    Such a great reminder to unplug and enjoy life! I'm starting to do little things to put technology aside and focus on where I am and what I'm doing. For example, when I'm in the supermarket I leave my phone in the car so I can just shop in peace without checking my phone every time I feel a vibration. Also, I used to put my phone on my nightstand when I went to bed. But now I purposely leave it in another room and I sleep so much better not knowing technology is right next to my ear.

  • Scott Gustafson

    I think it is an approach to living willfully and making choices about how one wants to spend their time and energy. We live in a world saturated with media that competes for our attention. In order to focus on the things that are important to us we need to block out the relentless distractions. I hope to hear that more people try out these experiments and share what experiences they encounter.

    • JoeSegal

      I loved your comment Scott. I think the more we can all live life mindfully making good choices the more we can build a more loving and just world together.

      Having one day that is tech free, one day to spend with nature and family is a powerful concept and I think gift the Jewish people gave the world. Have a good weekend!

    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      I firmly believe it's an addiction. It's almost like there's a pleasure impulse associated with getting feedback from 'Likes'. However, ultimately, more and more people get depressed from comparing themselves to others on Facebook. It's fascinating.

  • Danny Macias

    Hi Scott, Great suggestion on setting digital boundaries. Lately I've noticed how great it feels to leave the phone off and at home, when heading out for dinner, a movie, or on a walk with family. Admittedly, almost each time this is done, something along the way will beg to be photographed and shared, but can't. That immediate, tiny frustration is a reminder of the now, which is something I really enjoy. Hopefully, these baby-steps can lead to a full day unplugged to read an actual book (with pages) cook, and unwind.