In case you didn’t read my blog last week, I challenged you all to have Device Free Dinners as part of a movement by the organization Common Sense Media to put our phones and other devices away from the table while we eat.
This week, I offer you a new challenge offered by the organization Reboot.
Go to http://www.thefridayapp.com/ and download their FRIDAY app.
Yes, we are going to use technology to inspire us to stop using technology. 🙂
Now, what does the app do and why should you put it on your phone?
Just before sunset every Friday, no matter where you are in the world, the FRIDAY app reminds you that it’s time to slow down, and the phone goes into a “sunset” mode (don’t panic, you can reawaken it any time). Why Friday? Well, because that’s the start of Shabbat, of course. But this FRIDAY app is by no means only for Jews. Reboot is using Jewish tradition to make life better for ALL people. Something this Universalist Rabbi really likes. Under the heading WHY FRIDAY? on the app, it doesn’t even mention Judaism! It says:
As long as there have been workweeks, there have been sighs of relief on Friday evening. Think of Friday night as a time to press pause, and this app as a very shiny pause button… Maybe this app will help you quiet the noise for 15 minutes. Or maybe you’ll make it all night long without sending a single text. It kind of doesn’t matter. Either way, it’ll be time well spent.
I love these guys.
So, hopefully you still have your Devices-Go-Here sign from last week pointing to a place where all devices go during dinner to make sure your family connects, or you connect with yourself (yes! even do it when you’re alone!). But let’s add this to the mix. Let the device that grabs our attention most remind us to unplug tonight and every Friday night.
Shabbat Shalom everyone!
And if you are in the Los Angeles area and won’t be elsewhere for Shabbat next week, join us at November 11, 6:30pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Monica where we will have a pre-Thanksgiving Gratitude Shabbat, celebrate with a new Bar-Mitzvah, and make hope boxes for refugee children for Operation Refugee Child. We’ll be so busy you won’t have time to even think about looking at your phone. 🙂
See you there! See the evite to Shabbat Nov. 11 here.