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Could you survive without your cellphone for a full 24 hours? How about from checking your Facebook newsfeed? Would you feel totally disconnected if you unplugged from technology?

Want to find out?

From sundown Friday March 23rd to sundown Saturday March 24th, many families will be going on a tech detox for the National Day of Unplugging.  That means no TV, no radio, no Internet, no cell phone, no videogaming, and nothing else that involves technology.

(p.s. if you are planning on unplugging and want to be included in a news article about it, contact Press Democrat Staff Writer Derek Moore at  Don't think you can do it?  He'd still love to talk with you.)

For me, the hardest thing to give up would have to be my iPhone.  So I've come up with a list of things I could do without it.

Things you can do instead of repeatedly playing apps on my iPhone:
- Launch pebbles at stick houses in my real-live version of Angry Birds.
- Go to my friends' houses and get into a poke war with them.
- Write letters that consist of only three letters and send them as snail mail instead of texts.
- Hum incessantly while fasting from Pandora.
- Practice making cheesy poses in the mirror.
- Pull the flag up and down on my mailbox in efforts to refresh for more mail.
- Actually look through a cookbook for a recipe.
- Go into an actual store to shop.
- Take photographs that don't involve retro changes or cool borders, or require validating comments from all my friends.
- Practice Facetime by actually sitting across from one of your real life friends and catching up on everything that's going on in each others lives.

The possibilities are endless....

Could you last a full 24 hours without technology?  What would be the hardest thing to give up?  How will you spend your tech-free time?

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