It's "National Day of Unplugging" and the world is your unplugged oyster, nostalgically longing for your pre-iPhone self. Don't remember who that is? Let us help you with a list of seven things to do when you're unplugged.
1. "Like" a picture the old-fashioned way
The National Day of Unplugging starts tonight at sundown, until sundown Saturday, encouraging a lifestyle change to let go of your cellphone or iPad once in a while.
So head to your local museum or gallery to appreciate beauty in-person. Just don't double-tap the paintings to "heart" them.
2. Write a birthday card instead of a wall post
To go beyond friendships that have an "unattached cohesion that Facebook created," how about pre-writing a couple birthday cards for the special people in your life? You probably forgot their birthdays, so you can log in to Facebook after Saturday sundown to confirm their date of birth.
3. Ask, don't text, someone out
Comedian Aziz Ansari was right: Texting has ruined dating. Trying to get to know people as a single person is now centered on making or failing to make plans via texting.
"It's like you're a secretary for this really shoddy organization scheduling the dumbest sh** with the flakiest people ever," he told Conan O'Brien in 2013.
If the person you ask out doesn't like you, just swipe them away.
4. Make plans ahead of time
Even in the non-dating world, cellphones allow people to make flexible plans, with wiggle room to change a meeting place or time in a pinch. Take a time capsule back to 1980 when people stick to their plans.
By the way, this project was launched in March 2010 by Reboot, a New York-based nonprofit that "seeks to reinvent Jewish traditions and rituals." The day started with "recognition that everyone can benefit from reclaiming a day of rest," according to Tanya Schevitz, Reboot's national communications manager based in San Francisco.
5. Read a map, not an app
Google Maps and HopStop help people find their way but many of us have lost the ability to read a map. We would be lost if there were an apocalypse and we needed to rely on our parchment map to trek to the food-foraging forest from the weapons station.
6. Read something on paper
Reading is fun! Newspapers, paperback and hardcover books, glossy magazines say they miss us a lot. Remember to recycle them after use.
7. Play a party game
"Words with Friends" and "Candy Crush" can wait. How about going old school with Scrabble and Candyland?