About the Book
In 24/6, Tiffany Shlain explores how turning off screens one day a week can work wonders on your brain, body, and soul.
Internet pioneer and renowned filmmaker Tiffany Shlain takes us on a provocative and entertaining journey through time and technology, introducing a strategy for living in our 24/7 world: turning off all screens for twenty-four hours each week. This practice, which she’s done for nearly a decade with her husband and kids (sixteen and ten), has completely changed their lives, giving them more time, productivity, connection, and presence. She and her family call it “Technology Shabbat.”
Drawn from the ancient ritual of Shabbat, living 24/6 can work for anyone from any background. With humor and wisdom, Shlain shares her story, offers lessons she has learned, and provides a blueprint for how to do it yourself. Along the way, she delves into the neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, and history of a weekly day of rest across cultures, making the case for why we need to bring this ritual back.
A compelling personal story and a fascinating, far-reaching examination of the complex world we’ve created, 24/6 is a call to rebalance ourselves and our society.
24/6 won the Marshall McLuhan Outstanding Book Award, received a starred review from Publisher's Weekly, the national bestseller list for the Library Journal and was featured in the New York Times, Harvard Business Review and many other publications.
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Praise for 24/6
Marshall McLuhan Outstanding Book Award Winner 2020
"...I gave Shlain's idea a try — and I highly recommend it."
— David Leonhardt, The New York Times
"In this wise, wonderful work, filmmaker Shlain eloquently argues the merits of taking a break from technology, particularly smartphones, one day a week…Bolstered with fascinating and germane facts about neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, and the history of the concept of a day of rest, this excellent cross between instruction and memoir deserves a wide audience."
— Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"In her new book, 24/6, Tiffany Shlain, the founder of the Webby Awards, lays out a plan for surviving our 'always on' culture. ...Even for a digital curmudgeon like me, being 'unproductive' felt like a small revolution—and that’s after only one day of it. I can’t wait to discover what a decade of tech Shabbats feels like."
— Harvard Business Review
"A PEOPLE MAGAZINE “NEW BOOK WORTH READING”
"Put down your phone and pick up this book...I read it in one day and found it timely with timeless wisdom. Tiffany Shlain is a modern-day prophet, brilliant, and incredibly funny in equal measure."
— Angela Duckworth, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Grit
"Top Time Management Books To Read"
— Entrepreneur Magazine
"How taking a break from tech for Shabbat brought new purpose to this Internet pioneer’s life"
— The Washington Post
"Part of a pioneering movement."
— Maria Shriver, The Today Show
"[A] bright debut... A useful and much-needed guide to turning the clock back to a less frazzled pre-internet and -smartphone day."
— Kirkus Reviews
"24/6 is poised to start a movement. Try it, and get your attention span back."
“Undeniably healthy…in our always-on culture…a distracted, perpetually outraged state of being…had weakened many of us, and strengthened Trump, for more than two years.”
INDIGO BOOKS Top Ten Best Books & Heather's Pick 2019
Rated #1 in Best New Tech Books to Read In 2020
— Book Authority
The Top 10 Business Books of 2019
— Vancouver Public Library
"Her active and intimate experience in the world of digital technology informs the argument that she makes so convincingly in the pages of 24/6."
— Jonathan Kirsch, The Jewish Journal
"An essential guide...There is nothing else like it; here is a place to turn if you feel there's something missing in our modern world."
— Jaron Lanier, computer scientist and bestselling author of You Are Not a Gadget
"Shlain delivers a moving family story, documenting the need for Shabbat in the first place."
— Sherry Turkle, MIT professor & bestselling author of Reclaiming Conversation and Alone Together
"Here is the answer to the greatest collective and personal challenge of our time: reclaiming the essential dignity of being human in a digital age."
— Douglas Rushkoff, author of Team Human and Present Shock
"A wonderfully refreshing and practical roadmap to both slowing down time and having more of it."
— Krista Tippett, host of On Being and bestselling author of Becoming Wise
"Well-written and well-reasoned. Shlain offers families excellent ideas for taming digital monsters. I recommend it to all parents who have struggled to set limits on screen time."
— Mary Pipher, author of Women Rowing North and Reviving Ophelia
Great Books You Won't Want To Put Down
— Real Simple Magazine
"She convinced me...that a day of disconnection is a path towards reconnection to the rest of our lives."
— Vint Cerf, co-creator of the internet
Love from Readers...
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The New York Times "24 Hours Without My Phone"
The Globe And Mail "Are we addicted to our screens?"
Good Morning America "Creating a screen time detox for your family"
The Today Show co-hosts Hoda Kotb & Maria Shriver talk with Tiffany Shlain about her new book, 24/6
Book Tour Highlights
Written two months into the book launch...
It's been a literary whirlwind with the release of my book 24/6 in fall 2019. It’s felt like I was on fast-forward, except during my weekly Tech Shabbats with my family or while 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 for my book in an article about the relationship between Thanksgiving and Tech Shabbats as well as last month. 24/6 is featured in The Harvard Business Review, People Magazine, Indigo Books list of the Top 10 books of 2019 (it was thrilling to have my book along side Margret Atwood), and #1 Tech Book to Read in 2020 by The Book Authority. On MSNBC's Morning Joe tomorrow morning to talk about the effects of 24/7 newscycle on our psych 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, as well as how to bring in this weekly one day off of screens into your lives, be received this way.
Thank you to all of you who has given me so much support on my whole journey!
Being on the Today Show 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."
There was pure joy after the very long journey or writing and editing and launching a book to seeing a row of my books in my publisher Simon & Schuster’s display case.
We've had three events where people got to hear from Ken, Odessa and Blooma on their perspectives. Always love how they express why they love Tech Shabbat.
Indigo Books + Canada
To have Indigo Books CEO and Founder Heather Reisman select 24/6 as one of her picks was so exciting. I loved going to Toronto and meeting so many fantastic people. I love Canada.
My fantastic publishing team from Simon & Schuster's Gallery Books (from L Wendy Sherma, Salley Marvin, Karyn Marcu, Jean Anne Rose and Kathleen Carter) with the illustrious Debbie Millman backstage before she interviews me for the 92nd St. Y.
My sister Kimberly Brooks threw a lovely gathering with my brother-in-law Albert & The Aspen Institute in LA.
Arianna Huffington & Tiffany for 24/6 Paperback Launch
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)
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.