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 years.

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. 

THE WASHINGTON POST

Find Time For The Things You Care About 

 

By Thomas Johnson

Long ago, your workweek ended once you left the office — or so I have been told.  But work culture has changed a lot in the past decade.

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.

THE NEW YORK TIMES

When the pandemic blended our professional and personal lives by forcing many of us to work from home, we learned a valuable lesson about tech. It can be an incredibly useful tool for communicating with colleagues. But when used without care, it can hurt our productivity and our relationships.

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.

THE NEW YORK TIMES

Turn Tech to Your Advantage in the New Hybrid Workplace

When the pandemic blended our professional and personal lives by forcing many of us to work from home, we learned a valuable lesson about tech. It can be an incredibly useful tool for communicating with colleagues. But when used without care, it can hurt our productivity and our relationships

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.

"Part of a pioneering movement." 

TODAY SHOW

Films by Tiffany Related Tech Shabbat

Events and Book Tour

Events + 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."

 Paperback Release Discussion with Arianna Huffington

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)