Ely only half fooling as city bans social media on April first

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The mayor of Ely, Minnesota, has banned the use of social media on Monday. Which, of course, is April Fool's Day.

But while Mayor Ross Petersen acknowledges his proclamation is partly a prank, it's also partly serious. Petersen wants to encourage people to look away from the screen for awhile to appreciate nature and face-to-face communication.

Huffington Post reports Petersen is encouraging people to spend time outside, where only the birds tweet and the only thing online is a fish.

If the idea of a social media fast intrigues you, here's one blog's variation, which involves streamlining activity to limit minutes to just a few per day.

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