Thousands turn off their digital devices for #NationalDayofUnplugging

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NEW YORK (PIX11) -- Are you spending too much time plugged into your phone, tablet and computer? How about a digital detox?

Starting at sundown, thousands worldwide will partake in the National Day of Unplugging for 24 hours. The movement was started by a non-profit organization called Reboot. The National Day of Unplugging is an outgrowth of the Jewish Sabbath tradition; unplugging from sundown to sundown to reconnect with family and the outdoors.

New Yorkers and people pledging to unplug from Sydney to San Diego posted pictures on social media with signs stating why they'll do it for 24 hours.

"I'll unplug to relax," says Jennifer Tatiana Marin.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs in Westchester says he'll unplug to "find my balance."

Look around the streets of New York, you'll struggle to find a block where someone is not using their smartphone or another device.

"Just do it for your own sanity really," says Ani Coaderaha.

Coaderaha holds up her flip phone with pride. She boasts that her phone has no internet and no apps.

"It's great. I love it," she laughs.

Unplugging to relish in life's everyday moments is the message behind the 24-hour pledge to detach from all devices starting from sundown tonight until sundown tomorrow.

At SPiN New York, a ping pong club, they'll be taking your phone at the door and offering up incentives for you to do it.

"Between 4-10 p.m. today if you check your phone at the front desk we'll give you a half hour of free ping pong," said Shawn Topp, who is in charge of marketing the venue.

He says SPiN will also make a $10 donation for every phone checked at the door to Music Unites. The non-profit organization coordinates music programs for at-risk youth.

Topp promises that all phones will be securely stored in a ticketed lock box, while you're inside focused on making real connections.

"I think for a lot of us we forget to look up, and look around, and talk to people. So this helps reinforce that a little," he added.

"I check my phone 100 times a day or more. Too often," said pong player Tor Hillhouse. His opponent John DiAntonio, says they'll unplug for a good game of ping pong tonight.

"To reconnect, to give people more time than I give my phone," Hillhouse added.

"To focus to beat my friend Tor in this next game," quipped DiAntonio.

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