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
"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
"I can't wait to see what a decade of Tech Shabbats feels like."
HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW
The New York Times "24 Hours Without My Phone"
The Globe And Mail "Are we addicted to our screens?"
Morning Joe "Author calls for one-a-week 'technology shabbat'"
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
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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.