Welcome to TURN IT OFF!

It’s time that we turn off social media...let's start with a global day to turn it all off

turnitoff day 2021

Aug 5, 10AM

National Turn it off Day

Join Us and

Turn it off!

The internet and more specifically social media either intentionally or unintentionally has people addicted.  It is no secret that Social Media and the way the internet is run is having negative effects on our relationships and society.   

From the start, social media’s design was engineered to perpetuate addiction, enhance manipulated politics and spread conspiracy theories.  By design, it is designed to manipulate and solicit reactions in all of us.  

A study found that higher social media use correlated with self-reported declines in mental and physical health and life satisfaction.

Excessive Internet use is linked to depression.  People who spend a lot of time browsing the ‘Net’ are more likely to show depressive symptoms, according to the first large-scale study of its kind.

Researchers found striking evidence that some users have developed a compulsive internet habit, whereby they replace real-life social interaction with online chat rooms and social networking sites. The results suggest that this type of addictive surfing can have a serious impact on mental health.

Young people were more likely to be internet addicted than middle-aged users, with the average age of the addicted group standing at 21 years.

More than 90% of participants had internet addiction, the majority had mild-moderate internet addiction. Social anxiety was present in more than one-third of the participants. Social Anxiety Disorder  was found to be associated with internet addiction.

Persuasive design techniques like push notifications and the endless scroll of your newsfeed have created a feedback loop that keeps us glued to our devices.

 A large majority, and more specifically over 64% of the people who joined extremist groups on Facebook did so because the algorithms steered them there.  But this is not a political movement or statement. 

This is a human movement. 

We are all being manipulated.  Without caution, the internet is very capable of doing harm to all of us.  So this is a movment for all of us.   

Join us today.  Take the pledge. 

Turn it off will set out to educate people, especially younger kids and teens of the dangers of the internet.  Remember there are countless dangers aroun d the web.   And what you say can and will hurt other people.  What you say today can also come back to haunt you in a very real way many years from now.   

KUF, The Kids United Foundation, a 501 (c)3 charity run by kids for kids is campaigning with us to establish a Global day where we can all just TURN IT OFF.

Unfortuantely Social networks bring in a very dangerous dimension of stimuli: social pressure. Cyber bullying.   Very Dark Places.  

Arguably, most people are very sensitive to social status, judgment, and competition.  Yes, we are referring to FOMO ( Fear of Missing out).  Too many of us are very vulnerable to criticism and comparison and the puppet masters at the social media companies know this.  

Social concerns and issues are  not optional features of of our brains, especially if you are younger than 25 tears old. We are mostlyk hard-wired with social issues. 

Unfortunately the power of what other people think of us has proven to be intense enough to modify our behavior.   Yes, social pressure is very real.

On social media, the manipulation of social emotions is the easiest way to generate rewards and punishments of users.  
Fear is a profound emotion.
Wanting to be liked is also a profound emotion.  Unfortunately, social media uses these emotions to act, click and buy things on the net. 

Most suffer from social anxiety to some extent, and most children have encountered a bully who used social anxiety as a weapon. 

Please don’t misunderstand our message,the net and social media is also capable of of fostering positive emotions as well. We can also experience camaraderie, sympathy, respect, admiration, love gratitude, hope, empathy, closeness, attraction, and a world of other positive feelings when we interact with other people on social media.  This is the silver lining of social media.  But all to often,  On the negative side, such as fear, hostility, anxiety, resentment, anger, jealousy, and a desire to negatively contribute become the prevailing behavior on the internet.So we digest a steady diet of memes, fake stories,  clickbait and whatever else we seem to be entertained by.   We spend large amounts of our days being manipulated for clicks and page after page soliciting out attention.  

We challenge you to join the movement.  Turn it off.  Just commit to take the pledge with us.  Let’s turn it off.  Let’s rejoin our family (they miss us), or maybe read a book, a sit under a tree, meditate, listen to some cool music that stirs our souls without all the negativity and hours of aimless clicking that follows us through the labryth of social meda.  Will you accept the challenge?    Turn it off.  Join us.  

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Our Partners

we are grateful for these partners

Byron Jack Figueredo
CEO KUF
Kids United Foundation

Kids helping kids. This organizaiton champions many causes that affect vulnerable populations.

Kids United Foundation

Kids United Foundation aims to identify the most pressing problems around the world and provide the most compelling and effective solutions. If we cannot directly impact change on a particular issue, we will stop at nothing to fund someone who can.

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Our Heroes

“And let me remind you that negative emotions are more readily accessible and more profitable  magnets for people than positive ones.
If ordinary people were to get all happy and satisfied, they might take a moment away from the obsession with social media numbers and go frolic in the flowers or even pay direct attention to each other. But if they’re all on edge about whether they’re popular enough, worried about whether the world is imploding, or furious at morons who are thrust into the middle of their connections with friends and families, then they dare not disengage. They are hooked because of provoked natural vigilance.”

Jaron Lanier