March 5th is National Day of Unplugging
INE Shares Specific Ways to Unplug, while Boosting Your Privacy, Health and Security
(Cary, NC) On this National Day of Unplugging, INE is encouraging people to take a step back from using technology of all types, and spend time learning how the technology you are using every day is really impacting your life.
Consider recent statistics showing there are more than 5 million apps available between the Google Play store and Apple’s App store. In addition to that, the average smartphone user checks their phone every 12 minutes -- even while on vacation. Do the math and you start to realize we are living in a world where “unplugging” is increasingly difficult.
Multiple studies have shown the occasional tech detox day can make people more mindful, less stressed and foster closer relationships with loved ones. But similar studies also show bouncing right back to old habits negates those gains almost instantly. With that in mind, INE is encouraging users to not just set technology aside this National Day of Unplugging, but to truly spend some time learning how your tech habits are affecting your life.
- Your Privacy: 81% of people feel they have no control over when their data is collected, according to recent research. Yet -- studies show the average user has 40 apps installed on their device, and 74% of users admit they don’t read privacy policies. Take a moment to review the privacy policies for the apps you use. If you aren’t comfortable with them -- delete!
- Your Health: In a world of neverending digital demands, multitasking is a constant. But data has shown even the opportunity to multitask can reduce your IQ by 10 points. Studies have shown taking a break from the steady stream of smartphone dependence can lead to more restful sleep, a better diet, healthier relationships and improved physical health.
- Your Security: In 2020, more than 155.8 million people were affected by accidental data exposures, resulting in anxiety and in some cases, extreme financial loss. The two highest causes of these lapses were found to be security system complexity, exacerbated by a lack of in-house expertise, and cloud migration. The same study by Statista found incident response plan testing and business continuity management helped lower potential damage from an attack.
Unplugging from technology can have security and health benefits, but only if you use the time wisely. Taking the time to truly understand how the technology you use each day is impacting your life can make a long-term difference in your security, privacy and health. INE offers a wide range of accessible training options, from the free Cyber Security Awareness Training program, to the free Starter Pass, to subscriptions that can take you from novice to expert in cyber security, data science, networking and cloud. During this Day of Unplugging, we hope you will spend some time learning how to best utilize technology in your life!
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About National Day of Unplugging:
National Day of Unplugging has been around for over a decade and is now a project of Unplug Collaborative, a non-profit, membership organization formed in February 2020. Learn more about Unplug Collaborative here.
For the last decade, the NDU campaign has continued to grow at an impressive rate. To date, there are more than 135,000 people who have participated in events hosted by over 1,000 schools, religious institutions and businesses worldwide.