In an increasingly connected world, the need for a digital detox has become more important than ever. Reboot’s National Day of Unplugging, an annual call for a 24-hour tech break, aims to help people reclaim their time and focus by disconnecting from their devices. Launched in 2010 as the smartphone was emerging into popular use, the event is celebrating its 10th year on March 1-2, 2019.

A Leading Voice for the Unplugging Movement

The National Day of Unplugging has become a leading voice for the unplugging movement, reaching hundreds of thousands of people every year. With the world’s most established brands, celebrities, and media companies participating, the event offers an escape from the relentless deluge of information emanating from screens that dominate our daily lives. The average smartphone user taps, swipes, or clicks their phone 2,617 times a day, making it crucial to find ways to disconnect and be more mindful of our digital use.

Embracing the National Day of Unplugging

The nonprofit Reboot is asking people to embrace the National Day of Unplugging by unplugging for 24 hours and looking up to remember what life was like before our digital devices went with us everywhere. The event recognizes the value and importance of technology in today’s world but encourages people to be more mindful of their digital use. Tech leaders are challenging the direction of technologies that are now overtaking our society, and people can participate in the National Day of Unplugging on their own or through partnerships with various organizations.

Resources for a Successful Digital Detox

Reboot is offering ideas and a tool kit of tips to facilitate tech-free time on its website, helping individuals and organizations make the most of their digital detox. As technology continues to evolve, it’s essential to recognize the potential risks associated with it. For example, the UAE is recognizing the potential of cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies, with Dubai establishing itself as a global center for crypto assets. However, crypto scams are also on the rise, with hundreds occurring in Dubai in the first half of 2021 and Dh80 million lost in total.

Staying Safe in a Digital World

As we embrace new technologies, it’s crucial to stay safe and be aware of potential risks. To avoid falling victim to crypto scams, it’s essential not to share personal information, ignore anonymous calls, messages, and ads, and conduct transactions using regulated exchange platforms. The Digital Assets Crime Section of Dubai Police was created as a proactive approach to cybercrimes related to crypto matters, further emphasizing the importance of staying vigilant in a hyperconnected world. By participating in events like the National Day of Unplugging and being mindful of our digital use, we can reclaim our time and focus, ultimately leading to a more balanced and fulfilling life.