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A collection of news articles, recent research, unplugging challenges and other events relevant to students. Have a link to other news or events? Let us know, and we’ll pass it along.

Twentysomething “Goes Amish,” Unplugs for 3 Months

Jake Reilly, a grad student in Chicago, avoided cellphone, e-mail and social media for 90 days in his “Going Amish Project.” The experiment took Reilly, 24, from his normal life of following 250 people on Twitter and sending 1500 texts per month to using courtesy phones at a nearby hospital and writing chalk messages on friends’ sidewalks. He credits the project with making him

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National Day of Unplugging Promotes Sabbath Manifesto

The nonprofit Reboot has organized an annual “National Day of Unplugging” since 2010 to promote a new secular ritual of putting away electronic gizmos for one day each week. Their Sabbath Manifesto urges everyone, regardless of faith, to slow down and observe a day of rest. The first “commandment” is to avoid technology; others include going outside and nurturing your health.


Stephens College Revives Vespers Tradition

Students at Stephens College have been experimenting with Vespers, a traditional way to close the Sabbath and begin the new week with a sunset evening prayer. The services give students time away from beeping gadgets to just relax and reflect on their lives.


South Korean Teens Unplug for One Week in BBC Challenge

BBC World Service

As part of its “On/Off” project, BBC recruited two families in South Korea — the most wired place on earth, where social networking was practically invented –to spend a week without the Internet. Some said that living offline was inconvenient and felt “suffocating” but others enjoyed “rediscovering lost time” to play and socialize. While one person never wanted “to go through this again,” another

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How Attached to Facebook Are You?

Steve Dykes for The New York Times

Jenna Wortham of the New York Times wrote an article called “The Facebook Resisters” about people — including many students — who decided to stop using social-networking sites due to “too much information.” Then, on the Times Learning Network blog, students shared their opinions about whether they would ever delete their own Facebook accounts.