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Change It Up: Amtrak Celebrates 42nd Anniversary

Change It Up: Amtrak Celebrates 42nd Anniversary | Unplug | Scoop.it
May 2013 marks Amtrak's 42nd anniversary, and Joe Boardman, Amtrak CEO, has a special wish this year!


"So, for our 42nd anniversary, my wish is that we’ll get to take you somewhere new this year. Unplug your iPods, decide on a destination, grab your friends and family, then let us handle the rest."

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Traveling by train is a great way to add to quality time to your journey, slow down a bit and smell the roses so to speak.


Oh and trains mostly have connections to the internet so you won't have to miss anything, but you might find meeting people and looking out the window enough to keep you busy.


All-aboard...

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Multitasking Is Killing Your Brain

Multitasking Is Killing Your Brain | Unplug | Scoop.it
Many people believe themselves to be multitasking masters, but could it all be in their heads? Learn why multitasking is hurting your brain.
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The hardest task for parents revealed

The hardest task for parents revealed | Unplug | Scoop.it
Convincing children to turn off the TV or computer is more difficult than getting them to do their homework, go to bed or take a bath, a poll suggests. Almost one in four mothers and fathers (23.1%) have trouble controlling the amount of time their son or daughter spends watching television or playing on computers, tablets and phones, according to the Action for Children survey.
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People can unplug, unwind at downtown NPR tea room

People can unplug, unwind at downtown NPR tea room | Unplug | Scoop.it
NEW PORT RICHEY — Harried people might wonder if electronic devices serve people or if people are enslaved to their gadgets for texting, cell phone calls, email replies, online hunting and ot
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Meditating in the Rain

Meditating in the Rain | Unplug | Scoop.it
Meditating in the rain is simply wonderful. I've written about it before, yet it feels like a rediscovery each time I am granted the opportunity for it.
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9 Hours On Screens: Group Helps Teens Get Outdoors

9 Hours On Screens: Group Helps Teens Get Outdoors | Unplug | Scoop.it
Most teens spend nine hours a day looking at screens. What can change that sobering statistic? The new Campus Ambassador Program from Outdoor Nation offers some solutions.
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Tech workers turning to Japanese practice of 'forest bathing' to unplug

Tech workers turning to Japanese practice of 'forest bathing' to unplug | Unplug | Scoop.it
A small but growing movement seeks to counter the noise, distraction and pull of the virtual world by learning to sit still and pay attention in the natural one.
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THIS is how much it costs to leave your charger plugged in

THIS is how much it costs to leave your charger plugged in | Unplug | Scoop.it
We do it ALL the time – leave our chargers plugged in, even though our phones/laptops/electrical toothbrush isn’t actually charging right now. But the question is; how much is it costing you to have this lazy habit? Well, it depends on who you ask. Technically, if they’re left in they shouldn’t cost you anything, particularly
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It’s Time to Unplug from the Matrix Before Our Brains are Totally Rewired

It’s Time to Unplug from the Matrix Before Our Brains are Totally Rewired | Unplug | Scoop.it
The Internet has expanded our awareness of global issues, and allowed millions of like-minded people to communicate. This is undoubtedly a positive consequence of technology. This same technology can also be profoundly disconnecting.
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MIT Professor: Why 'Ghosting' Is Bad For Society (VIDEO)

MIT Professor: Why 'Ghosting' Is Bad For Society (VIDEO) | Unplug | Scoop.it
MIT Professor Sherry Turkle tackles ghosting, the phenomenon familiar to texters, and how its effects can be more lasting than we think.
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Take The Leap: 5 Reasons To Quit Your Boring Life

Take The Leap: 5 Reasons To Quit Your Boring Life | Unplug | Scoop.it
'Jobs are no longer secure' and 4 other reasons to quit your boring life and live the adventure!
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Werner Herzog Is Ready for the End of the World

Werner Herzog Is Ready for the End of the World | Unplug | Scoop.it
The director on what it's like to be unplugged from the internet and why he would make an excellent survivalist.
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Majority of workers can't (or won't) unplug during vacation travel

Majority of workers can't (or won't) unplug during vacation travel | Unplug | Scoop.it
A new survey from Expedia examines modern travelers' mobile device habits and suggests the majority of today's workers don't leave the office behind during vacation travel.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 3, 11:46 AM

We have instilled (part of hidden curriculum) the need to remain plugged in 24/7, including when on vacation. We cannot fully balance our lives, but we have to find time to unplug and vacaction is one time.

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Never Unplug? That Can’t Be Healthy

Never Unplug? That Can’t Be Healthy | Unplug | Scoop.it

A new demographic of Americans is beginning to emerge: people who are “almost constantly” connected to the Internet. While 73 percent of Americans go online on a daily basis, Pew Research Center recently found that 21 percent of those surveyed are on constantly, on smartphones and laptops and tablets. It’s even higher for people ages 18 to 29: Of that group, 36 percent are always online. 

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8 ways to unplug your holidays

8 ways to unplug your holidays | Unplug | Scoop.it
What¿s topping your kids¿ holiday wish lists this year? Chances are it has a screen, Internet access, and games. With a little planning ¿ and kids¿ assistance ¿ you can balance your family¿s tech activities with much-needed face time.
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Did 'Mindfulness' Exist Before Technology?

Did 'Mindfulness' Exist Before Technology? | Unplug | Scoop.it
When you think about it, I mean really think about it, the concept of Mindfulness (to be 'present' and aware of your surroundings and senses) is quite ridiculous. Don't get me wrong. I'm a believer...
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The Mindful Unplug Version 1.1 – A Retreat for All the Senses

The Mindful Unplug Version 1.1 – A Retreat for All the Senses | Unplug | Scoop.it
During this week you can choose (or not!) to partake in multiple optional activities and sessions with skilled practitioners both to release tension and re-enliven your natural curiosity and ability to experience the world through your senses of sight (see again), sound (hear again), touch (feel again), and let your true identity register with you again, at last.
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The Challenge of Making a Living While Exposing and Transcending the Matrix

The Challenge of Making a Living While Exposing and Transcending the Matrix | Unplug | Scoop.it
How do people who are seeking truth and walking the path of “Awakening” deal with the conflict between “making a living” and staying true to themselves?
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How connectivity can harm creativity

A study explores whether connectivity helps or hinders the creation of novel and innovative solutions.
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Connected, but alone?

Connected, but alone? | Unplug | Scoop.it
As we expect more from technology, do we expect less from each other? Sherry Turkle studies how our devices and online personas are redefining human connection and communication -- and asks us to think deeply about the new kinds of connection we want to have.
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How Willing Are Americans to Unplug?

How Willing Are Americans to Unplug? | Unplug | Scoop.it
Article - How Willing Are Americans to Unplug? - More Than 7 in 10 Americans Think Technology has Become Too Distracting and is Creating a Lazy Society
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A 15-Second Breath Exercise To Center Yourself

A 15-Second Breath Exercise To Center Yourself | Unplug | Scoop.it
There is a big difference between the person who gets great results and the person who gets average results. And it begins with the conversations in the space between their ears—with how they believe in themselves. When you start to believe in the gifts you have within you, you are already halfway to becoming great.
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