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Challenge: Unplug One Day A Month ~ 2013-1009

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Recently I watched a news report of a small baby who did not know how to “read” a magazine. The baby, used to looking at pictures via an iPad, kept touching the pages of the magazine the same way she touched her own personal iPad. She became frustrated when the pictures did not expand and shrink to her touch. The same news report showed a man walk off a train platform while talking on the phone, and a woman walk into a fountain while texting or answering her email. Really people?

This is not a rant against technology. In fact, the same news report showed that a person’s brain on Goggle is more active than a person’s brain passively reading a book. However, it is a reminder that our technological tools are our tools.  We need to remember to use them responsibly.

Do you ever have an unplugged day?  I do.  I must admit the first couple of times I had a day without my Blackberry, phone, iPod, computer and television, I white knuckled it a  bit.  The second time it was easier, and each time easier after that. So, I encourage an unplugged day at least once a month.  Spend one day a month without the electronics and reconnecting with your surroundings and the people in them.

Give it a try and let me know about how it was for you.



Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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