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Simply put, Americans just can’t seem to put their smartphones down long enough to do a mental or emotional reboot. Surveys show that compulsive smartphone checkers look at their devices countless times daily, and 43% of Americans today NEVER unplug — even when they are sleeping!

Global nonprofit Reboot is thrilled to host dozens of unplugging experiences across the country in honor of this year’s 8th annual National Day Of Unplugging. From sundown on Friday, Mar. 3, through sundown Saturday, Mar. 4, the National Day Of Unplugging will vividly demonstrate the positive impact a 24-hour digital power-down can have on individuals, families and entire communities.

“Without question, technology is one of the most positive and powerful advances of our day,” said David Katznelson, Reboot’s Executive Director. “But too much tech can lead to stress and isolation. The National Day Of Unplugging is meant to be a gentle, yet urgent reminder that to thrive in life, we must make time for self-reflection and relationships with those around us. Strong divisions in our society today make this year’s power-down more critical than ever—we invite everyone to join us on Mar. 3 as we unplug and connect with the people and experiences that truly give our lives value and meaning.”

Anyone can participate in the Great American Power-Down Challenge by taking the National Day Of Unplugging Pledge — you’ll receive a free mobile phone “sleeping bag” when you do — uploading an “I UNPLUG TO…” photo to social channels, or attending one of the more than 200 live unplugging experience events at music festivals, parks, and clubs around the world. Long-time supporters include Arianna Huffington, Jill Soloway, and Tiffany Shlain.

This year, Reboot dedicates the eighth annual National Day of Unplugging in the memory of Levi Felix, founder of Digital Detox, who passed away this year of cancer. More info can be found at www.NationalDayOfUnplugging.com.

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