It turns out that technology that was made available back at the dawn of time provides far stronger, faster and targeted connections than anything today’s mega-techno producers can provide.
What could possibly beat the sophistication and wizardry of today’s handheld devices? How much faster and more reliable can we get than the current super silicone Smartphone stars?
Tanya Schevitz of Reboot has the answer. Reboot is urging you to connect in a far more efficient and meaningful way than you can imagine, and using ancient methodology to boot!
What is this mysterious method of uber-connection?
A day of disconnection.
And it’s a disconnection that accompanied the creation of the world, as if this kind of obsession with our phones was anticipated and encoded into the genes of the future, requiring a powerful antidote that would be available to treat it when the time arrived.
Reboot, a New York-based nonprofit that seeks to reintroduce Jewish traditions and rituals, developed the Sabbath Manifesto and the National Day of Unplugging with the recognition that everyone can benefit from reclaiming a day of rest and that the need to pause and refocus is universal.
The day promotes not just one day of unplugging a year but a lifestyle change. The idea is to slow down life enough to regularly observe each of the ten principles (Avoid Technology, Connect With Loved Ones, Nurture Your Health, Get Outside, Avoid Commerce, Light Candles, Drink Wine, Eat Bread, Find Silence, Give Back). That could be on the traditional Jewish Shabbath, or any day of the week.
Does this mean that Reboot is anti-technology?
No. Reboot encourages people to embrace the wonders of technology but to also embrace the reality around them.
And if you’d like to know what kind of impact Reboot has already had, you will be impressed by the media impressions created by the past National Day of Unplugging:
Media coverage included 536 broadcast and online stores, and a total of 240 partners participated with events for over 15,000 people!
Reboot joined forces with Dan Rollman to create the Sabbath Manifesto. “As my life became increasingly hectic and plugged in, I became more and more attracted to the idea of a weekly day of rest,” said Rollman, who lives in Brooklyn. “There’s clearly a social problem when we’re interacting more with digital interfaces than our fellow human beings. Rich, engaging conversations are harder to come by than they were a few years ago. As we voyage deeper into the digital world, our attention spans are silently evaporating. I recognized that I needed a break and I wanted a modern way to observe a weekly day of rest.”
Reconnecting by disconnecting has had led to some powerful “Aha” moments: Reboot hosted an unplugging party at SXSW 2013 during the interactive festival where nearly 200 people spent a couple hours together without their cell phones. Afterward a woman came up to Schevitz and said how powerful it was. She said, “My friends and I had conversations that we never would have had if we had our cell phones on.”
It seems ancient technology is wired better than anyone anticipated.
And Reboot isn’t merely waxing poetic about the advantages of disconnecting. You can turn theory into practice by marking your calendars for the next National Day of Unplugging: March 6-7,2015.