Downingtown’s First “Turn Off and Tune In” Weekend

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by Kristie Burk

According to Nielsen’s Total Audience Report, Americans aged 18 and older spend more than 11 hours a day using electronic devices. Yes, you read that correctly — 11 hours a day!! Since the average adults spends 6.8 hours sleeping – that’s A LOT of time online.

Do you ever wish you could just tune it all out? Starting on Wednesday, November 25th at 4:00 pm through Monday, November 30th at 4:00 am, the Downingtown Area School District will be participating in the “Turn Off; Tune In…To Your Family” weekend. All employees will be unable to send or receive email via their district accounts. Why not let the kids tune in to their families, too? Good news – teachers have agreed not to assign homework (excluding long-term projects) over the same time period.

Want to continue the trend beyond Thanksgiving weekend? Melissa Monahan, Senior Vice President at Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications, wrote an article that lists some suggestions for “replenishing” her mind.  Her suggestions:

  • Establish three ½ hour intervals a day (outside of sleeping) where I will not look at a screen at all.
  • Never bring any device other than an electric toothbrush into the bathroom. (Don’t act like you have never brought your phone in the bathroom.)
  • Three times a week pick up the phone to talk to a friend rather than text, tweet or Facebook message them.
  • Once a month write three cards/letters to friends or loved ones.
  • Instead of immediately tweeting something you think is interesting or pithy, share it in a verbal conversation with a friend, colleague or family member.
  • Start a journal and commit to writing in it one day a month. Writing does not have to be prose; it could include germs of ideas, song lyrics, silly observations or drawings.

Enjoy tuning into your family and friends and have a very happy Thanksgiving weekend!





  1. As the guy who still refuses to carry a cell phone because I see it as an electronic leash, I agree with the idea we all need time to unplug. What I don’t agree with is the idea I need someone else to unplug me. I am a self sufficient adult who can and will make my own decisions regarding when to unplug. The idea of turning off email access is a kind gesture, but I would rather have the option to make my own decisions.


      1. Yes, and they are well intentioned but, why do I need a committee to make decisions for me? Am I not capable of making my own decisions?


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