Over the next 24-hours, we have a challenge for you; put aside all electronics and focus on connecting with those you surround yourself with. Can you do it? Most people find a day without electronics stressful and tedious. While technology can be a huge support in our daily lives it can also be detrimental to our personal relationships. 

Starting at sundown today till sundown tomorrow marks the National Day of Unplugging. This is a worldwide event that encourages us to disconnect from technology and reconnect with the world around us. In a world where we are constantly surrounded by technology it can be difficult to truly focus on our family and friends. 

During the summer our campers disconnect from their phones and other forms of technology. Daily interactions with other campers, staff, and the outdoors allow for personal growth and introspection. Spending time outdoors fosters the perfect atmosphere to forget about technology and really enjoy God’s creation. 

Social media is an ever-changing and continually growing force in our current society. While social media allows us to connect with others through a computer screen, it is important to remember that personal communication is the best way to reach out and form relationships with others. We often fill our down time with technology whether it is scrolling through social media or watching videos online. Instead we should remember to talk with family,  go on walks in nature and even read a book. The average amount of time spent online has grown dramatically over the years and this day is a way to remind ourselves to have a balance in life and to disconnect from technology and reconnect with those closest to us. 

Technology is not a bad thing. It can be very useful in our everyday lives and it can be a tool for interaction with the world around us. However, it is important to remember to unplug and make time for those around you. As the sun goes down today, unplug, refocus, and reconnect with your loved ones. Can you do it?