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National Day of Unplugging aims to reconnect people

Comes amid study showing social media burnout

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Thousands of people are hitting the power button on their electronics and social media for the national day of unplugging.

National Day of Unplugging started Friday at sundown and is set to run until Saturday evening at the same time.

The event is organized by the religious group "Reboot."

They say they want people to connect with each other at home and on the street.

They say it's the perfect time to unplug, unwind, relax and connect with loved ones.

It comes at an interesting time as a new poll by the research group called Origin finds half of social media users between the ages of 18 and 24 are seeking relief from sites like Instagram and Facebook.

34 percent of young users reported having deleted social media accounts entirely.

41 percent said they waste too much time on social media.

35 percent agreed that people their age are too distracted by their online lives.

The most popular apps that people said they wanted to give up on entirely were Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as well as the dating app Tinder.

69 News’ Jamie Stover took a look at the study and simultaneously wreaked havoc in the newsroom.

Take a look. 

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