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The fifth-annual National Day of Unplugging passed us earlier this March, and I have to say: I was 100% plugged in that day.

While I concur with the idea that too much technology can have deleterious effects on our well-being, something about making it a day seems phony and showy to me. Just leave your phone at home and go for a run.

If you tweet a photo of you doing something “unplugged” the day after you plug back in, you’re part of the problem.

Plus, this is just plain old-fashioned creepy:

National Day of Unplugging{used under the creative commons; via flickr user rosefirerising.}

For more photos, go to the official day of unplugging site.

Casey Cep over at the New Yorker is on the same page:

Unplugging from devices doesn’t stop us from experiencing our lives through their lenses, frames, and formats. We are only ever tourists in the land of no technology, our visas valid for a day or a week or a year, and we travel there with the same eyes and ears that we use in our digital homeland. That is why so many of those who unplug return so quickly to speak about their sojourns. The ostentatious announcements of leave-taking (“I’m #digitaldetoxing for a few days, so you won’t see any tweets from me!” “Leaving Facebook for a while to be in the world!”) are inevitably followed by vainglorious returns, excited exclamations having turned into desperate questions (“Sorry to be away from Twitter. #Digitaldetox for three WHOLE days. Miss me?” “Back online. What did I miss?”).

New Yorker link via {andrew sullivan}.