Pledge of Presence

Make a promise to yourself!

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DID YOU KNOW?

89% of cell phone users said they used their device during the last social event they attended, according to research by the Pew Charitable Trust.

And children are using devices or watching TV from 4.5-6.5 hours a day, according to Time.

When you take the Pledge of Presence, you make a commitment to yourself to be more focused and present.

TAKE THE PLEDGE

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    “I took the Pledge of Presence so I could be a better role model for my children. They are constantly on their devices…and I’ve realized that I’m not any better! Now, we are having tech-free dinners and working on eye contact during conversations.”

    BETHESDA, MD
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    “My Pledge was to not bring my laptop into meetings unless absolutely necessary. In doing so, I've found the meetings to be more productive, efficient, and found myself to be more engaged with my colleagues.”

    ROCKVILLE, MD
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    “I took the Pledge so my friends and I would look at each other and not at our phones when we went out. We play a game at restaurants now -- all our phones go in the center of the table, and the first person to grab theirs has to pick up the bill as well!”

    SILVER SPRING, MD
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    “Through the Pledge of Presence initiative I've become significantly more aware of being attentive in meetings at work and during dinner conversations while at home. I believe the pledge of presence has increased my capacity to remember important details and has had a positive impact on my stress level.”

    COLUMBIA, MD

Resources  

CONNECTED, BUT ALONE?

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. 

 

[DIS]CONNECTED

Is Too Much Technology Hurting Kids’ Developmental Growth? For many kids, the digital world is more compelling than what’s outside their window, but psychologists worry too much screen time comes at a cost. NBC Nightly News explores the issue.

 

SCREENAGERS

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. 

 

why should i pledge

By taking the Pledge of Presence, I promise to be more mindful of being fully present in what I do and/or in my interactions with family, colleagues, and/or peers.

The specific pledge if for you to determine, but here are a few ideas to get you started.

Are you ready to be a role model for the digital generation? Take the pledge using the form below.
  • Eat dinner without technology
  • Create tech-free rooms (kitchen, dining room, bedroom) in your home
  • Make the car a tech-free zone
  • Take a walk with your friends or relatives without your phones
  • Meet your friends to play board games or a sport instead of playing online
  • Build and decorate a box where everyone can put their devices when they enter a tech-free room
  • Schedule one personal or family tech-free day each month

Take the Pledge

By taking the Pledge of Presence, I promise to be more mindful of being fully present in what i do and/or in my interactions with family, colleagues, and /or peers

Want more info?

For additional questions about the Pledge of Presence, please contact Nicole Dvoskin