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." 

Maria Shriver
TODAY SHOW

"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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NEW BOOK WORTH READING 

PEOPLE MAGAZINE



#1 BEST NEW TECH BOOK TO
READ IN 2020

BOOK AUTHORITY

TOP TIME MANAGEMENT BOOKS TO READ

ENTREPRENEUR MAGAZINE

"WISE, WONDERFUL WORK"

PUBLISHERS' WEEKLY
STARRED REVIEW


GREAT BOOKS YOU WON'T WANT TO PUT DOWN
REAL SIMPLE MAGAZINE

TOP 10 BUSINESS BOOKS

VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY

TOP TEN BEST BOOKS

& HEATHER'S PICK 

INDIGO BOOKS

Stories from Readers

"She convinced me that a day of disconnection is a path towards reconnection to the rest of our lives." 

VINT CERF

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THE NEW YORK TIMES

24 Hours Without My Phone.

I recommend a tech shabbat.
 

By David Leonhardt

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...”

THE TODAY SHOW

Tiffany Shlain talks 24/6 and the Power of Unplugging on the TODAY Show. 

Tiffany on the TODAY show with Hoda Kobt and Jenna Bush Hager. 

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.

FORBES

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.

PEOPLE

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

MARIN MAGAZINE

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.

GOOD MORNING AMERICA

Creating a screen time detox for your family

How to spend less time looking at your phone and computer this year.

EDSURGE

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?

CNET

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.

JERUSALEM POST

Can Shabbat become a tool to improve human-technology relationship?

Can Shabbat become a universal tool to help foster a better relationship between humans and technology? According to the creators of Character Day, the answer is yes.

J WEEKLY

Can't Break Free From Your Device? 

Unplugging builds character, helps us reflect on our lives and allows us to better connect with others.

Huh?

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! 

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​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.

 

Follow me on Twitter & Instagram. We have a great Facebook Group (ironic I know) started for people trying Tech Shabbats called 24/6 Living

 

To unplugging and looking up!

 

xo,

Tiffany

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!

xo
Tiffany

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 - premiered at MoMA February 2020

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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.

 

 

Dear Parent - 2 min released in 2019

30,000 Days explores the three-thousand-year history of humans wrestling with the question of how to live life with meaning and purpose. 

 

The Adaptable Mind 

Making of a Mensch travels back in history to look at ideas around developing one’s character through the lens of the ancient Jewish teachings of Mussar.

 

Brain Power 

Brain Power uncovers the parallels between a child’s brain development and the development of the global brain of Internet, and the best ways to shape both.

The Science of Character

Engage asks people around the world to put their hand on their heart and think about how they want to live.

A Declaration of Interdependence

A Declaration of Interdependence is a rewriting of the Declaration of Independence to be a global Declaration of Interdependence. Music by Moby.

Facing the Future / The Friendship

Yelp: With Apologies to Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” lampoons the addictions of our generation.

The Future Starts Here Series, an Emmy-nominated series, explores what it means to be human in our increasingly connected world. Episodes relevant to the topics in this book are listed below:

Season 1

Motherhood Remixed (6 mins)

Tech Etiquette (4 mins)

Why We Love Robots (5 mins)

The Participatory Revolution (3 mins)

The Creative Process (6 mins)

Idea Porn (4 mins)

A Case for Optimism (4 mins)

Season 2

A Case For Dreaming (6 mins)

Punk Rock Diplomacy (5 mins)

Robots, Botox, and Google Glass (5 mins)

The Photosynthesis of Social Media (5 mins)

TransBoom (7 mins)

ParenTechnology (5 mins)

Creative Bondage (4mins)

The Future of Our Species (5mins)

Other Films on the Subject

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