squarehead.jpgMost of us were probably too busy monitoring our gadgets to notice, but Monday, March 10, was apparently a day to disconnect from all of our computerized tools and take a break.

“Rewire Your Life Day” was celebrated yesterday by at least one academic. She is Ellen Ernst Kossek, a professor of human-resource management and organizational behavior at Michigan State University. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education news report, the professor did not check email all day, kept her cellphone turned off, and even “went out to lunch with a colleague from another department who, until today, she’d known only via electronic correspondence.”

It’s not a bad idea to get off the grid every once in a while. We could all use a break from technology, don’t you think? Discuss. Or better yet. Don’t discuss. Step away from the computer, turn off your cell phone, and do something non-techie. Go for a walk. Read a book. Listen to music on something other than an iPod.

Now playing: Various Artists – Stay That Way – The Plastic Constellations
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3 thoughts on “Unplugged”

  1. Sounds great!

    Except for one problem… can you imagine the amount of email that one would have to catch up on if they did this? :)

    No seriously, isn’t that what vacation is all about? I feel like if I broke away like that at work I’d probably get in some sort of trouble… I mean I’m suppose to be the guy that’s most plugged in around here people not being able to find me because I’m unplugged… I get requests to help people to better plug in and streamline their day…

    Most likely would be fine, but I just don’t know… Or maybe it’s because I’m talking myself out of it because I’m afraid to unplug myself?

    …something to chew on…

  2. It is a fantastic idea… however, I didn’t do it on the 10th as I’d spent the last 2 weeks on holiday and totally removed from my computer. Imaging all those emails I came back too! Not to mention my RSS reader…

    I like the idea of meeting people you’ve only communicated with online. An idea for next year.

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