If you accidentally (or intentionally) did not respond to that message buzzing in your pocket, you could be celebrating National Ignore Day. An unofficial day that urged people to take a break from the constant interaction of today's connected world, made a minor splash in the cyber pond on 10 Jul 2015.
It's national ignore day on the 10th July.
Imagine not answering any calls, emails, or messages for a whole day. Sounds peaceful, doesn’t it? That’s the essence of what the National Ignore Day stands for. Spawned as a reaction to the bombardment of push notifications, DMs, and the ever-dreaded group chats. This day champions the idea of momentarily stepping away from the frenetic pace of the digital world for a little 'me time'.
Online chatter about this low-key day spiked on 10th July 2015, with exactly six mentions doing the rounds on the internet—the ripples in our vast digital ocean. The creators and the purpose behind the day remain a mystery. Perhaps, they're still ignoring us.
You might assume this day promotes rudeness or indifference, it's actually about finding balance. It's about allowing yourself the freedom to temporarily disconnect. You'd be surprised how energizing silence can be. Also, remember, ignore responsibly, don’t ghost anyone in an emergency!
The term 'ignore' originated in 1590 from the French word 'ignorer' meaning 'not to know' or 'to be unaware of'. It was derived from the Latin word 'ignorare' which means 'not to know' or 'to disregard'. Initially, 'ignore' simply indicated a lack of knowledge or awareness.
By 1801, the meaning of 'ignore' had evolved to also include the act of intentionally disregarding or refusing to acknowledge someone or something. It transitioned from a passive state of not knowing to an active choice of ignoring someone or something purposefully.
In 1867, the term 'ignore' gained popularity and widespread usage in English literature and everyday conversation. It became a common word used to describe the intentional act of disregarding or paying no attention to a person, message, or information.
Throughout the 20th century, psychologists and sociologists started analyzing the concept of 'ignoring' and its impact on interpersonal relationships and social dynamics. The act of ignoring someone became recognized as a powerful social tool, capable of causing emotional distress and social exclusion.
In today's digital age, the term 'ignore' has taken on new dimensions. With the rise of social media and digital communication, 'ignore' is not only applied to personal interactions but also to online behavior. Ignoring emails, messages, or notifications has become a common practice, which can both frustrate and empower individuals in different contexts.
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