Turning off to turn face-to-face
Put down your cell phone. Put down your tablet and plug into some face-to-face people time. That's the message of the National Day of Unplugging. People across the world logged off and shut down their cell phones in an effort to reconnect with people in person. Karen Tararache found some people who were more than happy to power down and join the movement.
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Nowadays it seems almost impossible to spot someone who's not staring into the glowing screen of their smartphone or computer.
"I have to be connected, I'm in sales so I'm always talking to people," said Albany resident, Erin Proton.
Professor David Goldenberg asked, "Do people still talk to each other? Are you kidding me?"
It's that precise reaction that has creators of the "Reboot Network" asking people around the world to power down for just one day and reconnect face to face.
Another Albany resident, Jerry Lupu told YNN, "I think National Unplugged Day is the best idea for a created day or holiday that I ever heard."
Jerry isn't the only one that agrees. Out of the twenty people YNN asked to unplug, three did it right then and there!
SUNY Albany student Caitlin Hackett said, "I want to be away from social media for 24 hours and away from constant ringing and having to sleep with your cell phone next to your head at night. I'm just ready to relax."
"I would say definitely try it, you might find that you actually read something or have conversation with your parents or your friends that you wouldn't have had otherwise," said Kristen Swider.
Nick Muia added, "Today social media, I feel like is exactly like what sitting down and talking face-to-face used to be."
Ironically, if you do choose to turn off your phone, you'll need to turn it back on to register and upload your picture on the "National Unplugging Day" website.
For more information head to http://nationaldayofunplugging.com.