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...”
THE WASHINGTON POST
A Better Week: Find Time for the Things You Care About
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. Technology has ended the physical barriers protecting a workweek, and we’re always reachable and we’re always exhausted.
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.
ON BEING POCcAST
LIVING THE QUESTION
We’ve been enmeshed with our technologies. Tech Shabbat for everyone?
Krista’s been in a conversation with Tiffany Shlain for several years about her practice of “Tech Shabbat.” For more than a decade, she and her family have taken a rest from screens sundown Friday to sundown Saturday; her book 24/6 is a kind of manual to open the practice to everyone.
THE BOSTON GLOBE
by Tiffany Shlain
I USED TO feel good about getting work done throughout the weekend. I was a working parent starting an indie film studio, and anything that would help me stay on top of things was a win. Weekends were a chaotic mix of recreation and work ... (see PDF from printed article)
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.
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.
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.
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.
WALL STREET JOURNAL
How to Wean Your Kids—and Yourself—Off Screens
After more than a year of being glued to their devices, a lot of kids will have trouble easing up on the tech that brought them comfort and connection during the pandemic.
THE SAN FRANCISCO
Challah giving sourdough some competition during coronavirus
Sourdough may be the celebrity loaf of #quarantinelife — and it is delicious and deserves all of the love and care and at least half of the amateur photos it’s getting — but it’s not the bread I’m suddenly baking.
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Why the Webbys Award Founder goes Screen-Free One Day a Week
Four times Tiffany Shlain's father bought his daughter the book ‘The Making of a Woman Surgeon’; four times she ignored it. Instead, she was fascinated by computers, starting with an Apple IIe. She connected to the internet long before the invention of the World Wide Web, and – back in 1987, as an 18-year-old – co-wrote a proposal called Uniting Nations in Telecommunications and Software, outlining a world where everyone has personal computers and uses them to communicate and drive social change.
Museum of Modern Art Announces DocFortnight Lineup
The Museum of Modern Art has unveiled its full festival lineup of 28 features and shorts for Doc Fortnight 2020, its annual showcase of the best of nonfiction film,
THE WASHINGTON POST
In some ways, how Tiffany Shlain and her family observe Shabbat doesn’t look that different from how many Jewish families do. Shlain, who identifies as a cultural Jew, gathers friends and family for dinner on Friday evening. Then she, her husband and their two daughters unplug their devices for the next 24 hours.
THE WASHINGTON POST
‘Screen time’ has gone from sin to survival tool
We’re on Zoom calls six hours per day. The kids have gotten their own iPads. And no need to keep asking, Netflix — we’re definitely still watching.
But we should stop being hard on ourselves . . .
24 hours, no screens. Could you give up tech for one day each week?
I recently mentioned to an Uber driver that I was thinking of trying a whole-house day off from tech.
At first he seemed impressed by my lofty goal. Then we started talking about our families — and our teen children — and the constant presence of screens, and all the stressors they bring with them. Taking a break sounded like a dream.
Waking Up Extra Early Helps This Entrepreneur Be More Productive At Work
Though technology has been a pillar of Tiffany Shlain’s career, and helps her stay connected, she has worked hard to set boundaries with it. The resulting efforts have impacted her life for the better,
Tiffany Shlain Talks Technology Shabbats, Spoken Cinema.
SS: Describe yourself in 3 words.
TS: Enthusiastic. Creative. Bold.
SS: Tell us a bit about the work you do and why you chose that field.
TS: I make films. I write books. I create experiences. I love moving people. I always like that films are called “movies,” because you can “move” people’s emotions, center of gravity or perspective.
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.
Take Control of the Devices that Have Taken Control of You
For the millions of people now working at home, and likely for most everyone else, the coronavirus pandemic hasn't done wonders for our relationship with technology. When we're not glued to screens for Zoom meetings, Slack and email, we're doom-scrolling through the latest case numbers and, the looming November presidential election. It's a cycle that Tiffany Shlain...
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?
EARLY LEARNING NATION
Tiffany Shlain’s Vision for Building Community
The easiest way to describe Tiffany Shlain is to say she’s a documentary filmmaker, but her prolific output feels less like a set of discrete productions and more like a single evolving project, ruminating on an interconnected set of themes.
The Creator of the Internet’s Biggest Awards Regularly Turns Off Her Phone
Tiffany Shlain made a name for herself as the founder of the Webby Awards— known as “the Oscars of the web”—in 1996, when the internet was still considered a potential fad (it’s now safe to say she hitched her cart to the right horse).
The Best Books of 2019 Really Are The Best
Clear your schedules for September 10. That’s the day Queen Margaret Atwood is gracing her fans with The Testaments, the long-hoped-for sequel to the 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale. The Testaments is only one of many tantalizing books coming out this month.
Jewish Book Council “‘Making an Ancient Ritual Work’: A Conversation Between Beth Ricanati and Tiffany Shlain”
Art Publika Magazine “Internet Advocate Tiffany Shlain Talks Cloud Films and the Art of Connecting People”
On Being with Krista Tippett - We’ve been enmeshed with our technologies. Tech Shabbat for everyone?
Cool Tools with Kevin Kelly and Mark Frauenfelder
Brand New Ways “28: Emmy-nominated Filmmaker Tiffany Shlain”
Aspiriant's new Money Tales podcast
Inside Journey with Johanna Beyer and Kim Morrow
Aunt Nelly's House with Janelle Burley Hoffman and her sister
On Leadership with Scott Miller "The Power on Powering Down" with Tiffany Shlain
Psychology Today - "Surfing Lessons for a Pandemic"
The Boston Globe - “The case for a tech Shabbat in a too-connected world” — PDF of article
The Globe And Mail - "Are we addicted to our screens?"
Chapter in The Good Fight - “Getting To 50/50” (Released Nov 2017)
LinkedIn - “30,000 Days"
LinkedIn - “Let’s Talk About Getting to 50/50”
Harvard Business Review - “Tech’s Best Feature: The Off Switch”
Harvard Business Review - “How the Internet is Shaping Our “Global Brain”
Tiffany's Blog - "Being Thankful Instead of Wantful"
Tiffany's Blog - "Everything You Need to Enjoy One Tech-Free Day a Week"