National Day of Unplugging is celebrated annually in the United States on the first Friday in March. This year it falls on March 5. The event gives people an opportunity to unwind and do things other than using their phones and laptops.

Owing to remote working and online classes, many of us have been spending more time than ever in front of our screens. Luckily, we have a day in a year that gives us an opportunity to put our devices away and relax.

The best way to observe this day is by chilling with friends, spending some quality time with family, reading books, and just relaxing.

On this occasion, here are a few quotes about the importance of digital detox and the importance of living in the present, courtesy of Everyday Ambassador and Good Reads

  • "It is time to be asking questions about technology. Where does it come from? Who makes it? And for what?" — Bandi Mbubi
  • "We live today not in the digital, not in the physical, but in the kind of minestrone that our mind makes of the two." — Paola Antonelli
  • "We struggle to interact with those we love because we’re chasing after those we 'like.'"—  Wendy Speake, 
  • "Just in the past couple years, we’ve seen digital tools display skills and abilities that … eat deeply into what we human beings do for a living." — Andrew McAfee
  • "More connections to more devices means more vulnerabilities." — Marc Goodman
  • "Much is to be gained by eBooks: ease, convenience, portability. But something is definitely lost: tradition, a sensual experience, the comfort of thingy-ness — a little bit of humanity." — Chip Kidd
  • "Nothing in my life has made loving God with all my heart, soul, and mind more di cult than my constant connection to my devices. The same is true when it comes to loving my real-life neighbors. Devices are divisive." ―  Wendy Speake
  • "Facebook is big. Bigger than Justin Bieber or Ashton Kutcher's Twitter following. Hell, it's even bigger than obesity and possibly just as lethal!" ―  Gemini Adams

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