Charity Asks 'Tech Addicts' to Give Up Gadgets for 24 Hours

by Savitha C Muppala on  March 27, 2010 at 11:50 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
 Charity Asks 'Tech Addicts' to Give Up Gadgets for 24 Hours
A charity has requested technology addicts to stay without their gadgets for 24 hours.

Charity Practical Action has laid down the challenge to raise awareness of the technology-poor developing world.

They are asking for techno addicts to switch off their phone, unplug their games console and shut down their laptop for one day on March 27.

And if people are able to do it, the charity wants them to report their experiences in blogs, videos, photo diaries or cartoon strips but not until March Wiggins, news editor of Stuff Magazine, found his bash at the blackout "liberating" but admitted it was tough.

"Asking a tech journo to go without gadgets for a day is like getting a hairdresser to give up scissors," Sky News quoted him as saying.

Writer and broadcaster Adam Hart-Davis described a "wonderful" day mucking out chickens and planting trees.

"I also read the newspaper, which I decided was intermediate rather than high-tech," he said.

Describing the day's serious side, David Grimshaw from Practical Action said: "No Tech Day will help people reflect on the role of technology in their lives, not just today but tomorrow.

"In Nepal or Zimbabwe tomorrow...people will not have a choice about the technologies they use.

"They will not have internet access, mobile phones, electricity and clean water unless we address the multi-faceted problems of poverty," he added.

Practical Action provides developing countries with simple technology in a bid to improve their lives. (ANI)

Source: ANI

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