Look, we are among the worst offenders of 24/7 digital connection. We rudely pull out our phone during dinner and we check our email when we wake up in the middle of the night and sometimes we think our Netflix queue *gets* us in a way no person ever has or will. But when it comes to disconnecting for 24 hours, putting that device in a drawer and going out and enjoying the sunshine? It’s not something we really fret over.
But perhaps we are in the minority. The Reconnect Project, which is planned for this Sunday, September 2, urges the 84 percent of people who said they couldn’t go 24 hours without their mobile device to disconnect for the day and reclaim their lives IRL.
According to Mashable:
This mission is to see what people can do creatively when they disconnect from the world wide web, and create original content. Whether alone or with friends, the project encourages you to go outside, take photographs (without instinctively uploading them to Instagram), paint, or create a flash mob, among other activities.
Do not create a flash mob. We repeat: do not create a flash mob. They are terrifying.
Of course, you’ll have to be using at least one device in order to record your day offline, which the project encourages you to do. All you have to do is snap a few photos and upload them to Instagram the next day, self-serving gratification only slightly delayed. Because unplugging doesn’t have to mean not sharing. That would be blasphemy.