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Third annual ‘National Day Of Unplugging’ begins Friday night

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Posted at 5:15 PM, Mar 23, 2012
and last updated 2012-03-23 17:33:42-04

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (KTVU) - It may be time to finally put down that iPhone or Blackberry, at least for a little while.

The third annual "'National Day Of Unplugging" begins at sunset Friday night.

A  Jewish organization called Reboot developed the movement, which is based on the Sabbath tradition.

National organizer and mother of two, Tanya Shevitz, said she is by no means anti-technology. However, she got the idea because her family unplugs once a week, for the Jewish Sabbath.

"We've lost really, the ability to focus," said Shevitz.  "We've lost the ability to have uninterrupted conversation with the people we love.  We've lost the ability to notice what's going on when we're walking down the street."

James Leventhal, a museum executive and tech addict, admits he spends a lot of time checking email, Twitter, Facebook and the web.

But Leventhal is also pledging to go 24 hours without his devices for the first time his year.

"Since I can still see the light of the screen in there, it's still somewhat tempting," said  Leventhal.

And  for folks who worry someone will think they're missing during the 24-hour digital detox, there's an app for that.

A link for the app, which tells callers or texters that you've unplugged and will get back to them later, is sent when you take the pledge.

Click here to learn more about "'National Day Of Unplugging."