Winner of The Marshall McLuhan Outstanding Book Award
"I gave Shlain's idea a try, and I highly recommend it."
THE NEW YORK TIMES
"Part of a pioneering movement."
"I can't wait to see what a decade of Tech Shabbats feels like."
HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW
About the Book
Founder of the Webby Awards, renowned filmmaker, and mother of two Tiffany Shlain spent years working what felt like 24/7. Then in 2010, she discovered a practice that transformed her life.
Drawing on the ancient Jewish ritual of Shabbat, she and her family (including professor of robotics husband and kids, now 12 and 18) turned off all screens – phones, laptops, tablets – for 24 hours. Not only did they feel more rested, present and connected during and after their single day off, they were noticeably more focused, creative, and productive for the six “days on” that followed. They decided to do it the next weekend, and the next. They’ve now been doing what they call their Technology Shabbat every week for 11 year
In this "wise, wonderful work" (Publishers Weekly), Shlain offers not only her own story, but a riveting ride through the past, present, and future of our relationship with technology, from her unique perspective as being an Internet pioneer and tech enthusiast, who found a balance of how to live in our 24/7 always-on culture. “Bolstered with fascinating and germane facts about neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, and the history of the concept of a day of rest," 24/6 makes the case that incorporating one day a week of no screens into our lives can do wonders for the brain, body, and soul, and rebalance ourselves and our society.
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Stories from Readers
"She convinced me that a day of disconnection is a path towards reconnection to the rest of our lives."
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THE NEW YORK TIMES
24 Hours Without My Phone.
I recommend a tech shabbat.
In 2008, Tiffany Shlain’s father, Leonard, was diagnosed with brain cancer, and she began to change her use of technology when the two of them were together. “Some days he would have only one good hour,” she later wrote in the Harvard Business Review...”
HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW
In Praise of Being Unproductive
Are you productive? Efficient? Useful? More to the point, are you productive, efficient, and useful enough? These are the kinds of questions that arise when technology makes it easy to stay online and connected 24/7. But all this connectivity brings two unfortunate side effects.
8 Reasons Why You Should Unplug One Day A Week
In her new book 24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week, Webby Award founder, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and mother of two Tiffany Shlain explores how turning off screens for 24 hours each week can work wonders on your brain, body, and soul.
BOOKS WORTH READING
24/6 was featured in People Magazine. The book explores Tiffany and her family's decade-long practice of turning off all screens for 24 hours every week for what they call their Technology Shabbat. Character Day 2019 was all about the relationship between character + screens.
MORNING JOE MSNBC
Put down screens for one day a week, says author
Author Tiffany Shlain advocates for what she calls a 'technology shabbat' each week, and she joins Morning Joe to discuss the idea, which she writes about in her book '24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week.
GLOBE AND MAIL
Are We Addicted to Our Screens? Discuss.
Discuss is a Globe Opinion feature in which two people – from politicians to journalists, academics to authors – engage in a conversation that flows out of a single question. Today’s topic: Devices and dependency
A Conversation with Tech Innovator and Mother Tiffany Shlain
For three decades, Tiffany Shlain has been a poster child for the utility and promise of technology. As a Redwood High student in the late ’80s, she co-wrote a paper entitled "Uniting Nations in Telecommunications and Software" and traveled to the Soviet Union as a young tech ambassador.
Can Putting Devices Away Build Character?
“I love all the good the web can do to ignite a global conversation,” says Shlain, who is perhaps best known for founding the Webby Awards, which recognizes websites and works of digital media. “But it’s not good all the time.”
MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL
Put down your phone and be here now
A few months ago, I arrived at work and realized I left my smartphone at home. I panicked. How would my kids get in touch with me? Did I have a dermatologist appointment that day? What if that cute guy from a dating app texted me to see if I was free that night?
In an interview for CNET's Now What series, author Tiffany Shlain says staying off the internet for 24 hours as part of her weekly "Tech Shabbat" is key to coping with our always-connected world.
Events and Book Tour
From Tiffany, two months into book tour:
It's been a literary whirlwind this fall, 2019. It’s felt like I've been living in fast-forward, except during Tech Shabbat, and in those moments connecting with someone at a book signing, stopping to appreciate a note from a reader, seeing the beautiful different combination of friends, family and new people in an audience—all in once place, like a moveable wedding.
I was over the moon to be in The New York Times in an article about the relationship between Thanksgiving and Tech Shabbats. 24/6 is featured in The Harvard Business Review, People Magazine, Indigo Books' list of the Top 10 of 2019 (alongside Margret Atwood!), and as Book Authority's #1 Tech Book to Read in 2020. Tomorrow is MSNBC's Morning Joe, where we'll be talking about the effects of the 24/7 news cycle on our psyche and our democracy.
It's a dream to have the book that I poured so many ideas into about time, technology, philosophy, history, neuroscience, our relationship to the online world, be received this way. Thank you to all of you who has given me so much support on my whole journey!
Being on Good Morning America and TODAY and MSNBC has felt full circle in so many ways. When I was running the Webby Awards many moons ago, I was the regular on-air internet expert for Good Morning America, going on monthly to talk with Diane Sawyer or Charlie Gibson about this powerful new medium that was going to change our lives.
It is quite ironic to be on the the Today Show twenty years later to say, “Don’t forget how to live without the web to remember our humanity without screens."
I loved this conversation with Arianna Huffington for the paperback release of 24/6: Giving up Screens One Day a Week to Get More Time, Creativity, and Connection. We have known each other since the early Webby Awards days and it was great to talk about technology, burnout, rituals, strategies on how to thrive our in our 24/7 world.
Co-presented by Book Passage Author Lecture Series (30 minutes)
Arianna Huffington & Tiffany for 24/6 Paperback Launch
Below are also links to things brought up by Tiffany, Arianna and the hundreds who tuned in live on zoom.
-ThriveZP app to microstep your way to change
-Thrive Global's Back to School Solutions, to help you navigate online home-schooling
-Thrive Global phone bed charging station to put your phone to sleep each night
-The Five-Minute Journal to frame your day with gratitude
-750words.com, a good way to journal daily
-The Social Dilemma, a must-see documentary
-Youth 4 Youth Summit, partnered with The Social Dilemma to sound the alarm and raise awareness by youth for youth about the promise, perils and human impact of social networking platforms.
-LookUp.live, which helps young people manage their increasingly online lives
-Power of Positivity, to learn more about the benefits of silence
-GABB phone, the flip phone with better design that we got for our 11-year-old
-The Light Phone, a simple phone designed by and for humans
-Vote.org, to plan your voting strategy and track your vote. Vote early, in person if possible and track your vote.
To unplugging and looking up!
The One Recipe in 24/6 featured in pandemic "Zoom Challah Bakes"
"An online baking phenomena" - The J Weekly
"ZoomChallahBake: The Reason I Haven't Deleted Zoom." - Salt and Sumac
"Challah giving sourdough some competition during coronavirus." - SF Chronicle
"The most charismatic host and engaging event I've experienced online." - NPR's Inflection Point
Welcome to the ZoomChallahBakes!
We started these #ZoomChallahBakes at the beginning of the pandemic as a way to bring people together during lockdown. They quickly turned into an extremely powerful and grounding ritual of people from all over the country and globe coming together each week to talk about the pandemic, the movements for racial justice, the elections, and everything else happening in our world...all while baking challah together.
Each ZoomChallahBake features a special guest (doctors, scientists, authors, rabbis, celebrity chefs) to help us navigate these challenging times. Recent guests have included Dr. Angela Duckworth, NYTimes best-selling author Roxane Gay, podcaster Debbie Millman, Rabbis Sydney Mintz and Amichai Lau-Levi, Krista Tippett, the Challah Prince from Berlin, and even Tiffany's mom, Dr. Carole Lewis, a licensed therapist who offered a little group therapy the Friday after the election.
Don't worry if you have never made bread or challah before (even some of our special guests haven't!). And don't worry if you're not Jewish. People of all different backgrounds join. Everyone's invited. We'll teach you. It's easy. It's healing. We look forward to baking together!
Films by the Author that Explore Issues in 24/6
New 5 min Video on Lessons to Bring from 2020 into 2021
Technology Shabbats - 6 min film from Emmy-nominated series The Future Starts Here made in 2013
Connected - premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2011
Winner of 17 awards including Grand Jury Prizes and audience awards, Connected is a Sundance feature documentary that delves into Shlain’s love/hate relationship with technology and serves as the springboard for an exploration of modern life...and our interconnected future. (80 mins)
Dear Human a new live cinematic essay performance takes the audience on a journey across the past, present, and future of the relationship between humanity and technology. Incorporating live narration, moving images, original animations, an evocative soundscape, and audience participation, Dear Human invites the audience to investigate how technology both amplifies and amputates our humanity and how to make sure we stay human in our 24/7 world.