Can you go 24 hours without any tech?

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Not to sound like an old lady, but back in my day, when I wanted to hang out with friends, I’d call them up on a landline phone. Dinners out never involved a group of four or five people looking down at their phones or checking into a social network, and if I had a paper to write for school, I’d go to the library and do the research using — gasp — books!

Of course, today, that’s all changed with the rise of the Internet and devices like smartphones and tablets. There’s no doubt technology has enriched our lives in so many ways, but it’s also created a culture in which we’re often more consumed with our gadgets and the digital world than we are with real people and the outside world. So what would you do if you didn’t have access to any of your gadgets? Care to find out?

Reboot, a nonprofit group whose mission is to “reboot” cultures, traditions, and rituals in the Jewish tradition of Sabbath (a day of rest), is asking people to take a break from tech for 24 hours by participating in a National Day of Unplugging.

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