National Unplugging Day 2015 – Sunday 28th June

In celebration of the second annual National Unplugging Day in the UK on Sunday 28 June 2015, is asking individuals and families to put down their electronics for 24 hours to experience life unplugged.

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Typically the first click on the phone is between 7.00-8.00 am with 20% of parents logging on before 6.00 am and 22% of parents making midnight their last look at night.

I can completely relate to all of this. I am an iPhone addict and not ashamed to admit it. I frequently have my phone in my hand whilst I’m breastfeeding, the children are playing, bath time and in waiting rooms for appointments.

That said, for the third time in two months my phone has been in the shop being repaired and I can honestly, hand on heart, say that I haven’t missed it. I have missed a lot of Facebook chat, I haven’t checked into Instagram much this week, and my tweets have been few and far between.

Instead, I’ve

  • played more with the children inside and outside
  • done a lot of infantile drawing and writing
  • walked around our house too many times (0.16 miles I’ll have you know!) with Joseph pushing his walker or in his car and Emmie on her balance bike
  • used recipes from books rather than the internet
  • cracked on with reading one of my books for my course
  • sat in the sun with just my thoughts
  • done a lot more housework and laundry because I don’t have the lure of just five minutes on my bum scrolling through Facebook
  • listened to the radio rather than Podcasts
  • gone straight to sleep instead of having that final last 30 minute peruse of the internet!

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In the interests of transparency I won’t be unplugging on Sunday as I’ll be 3861 miles away from James and the children. I’m relying on Facetime to link us up, my phone to take huge amounts of photos and google maps to find my way around an unknown city. But I feel like I’ve already done my part this week!

Will you be brave enough to unplug this weekend? Share what you’ll be doing instead (beforehand naturally!) with #GoGadgetFree #Unplug2015