The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week

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—and why this regular practice of looking up gives you a better chance of seeing the big picture.

Internet pioneer and renowned filmmaker Tiffany Shlain takes us on a provocative and entertaining journey through past, present, and future of ideas about time and technology and introduces a strategy for living in our 24/7 world: turning off all screens for 24 hours each week. She and her family call it “Technology Shabbat.” This weekly practice, which they’ve done for nearly a decade with their kids (16 & 10), has completely changed their lives, giving them more time, productivity, connection, and presence.

Drawn from the ancient ritual of Shabbat, living 24/6 can work for anyone from any background. With insight, humor, and wisdom, Shlain shares her story, offers lessons she has learned, and provides a blueprint to do it yourself. Along the way, she examines the neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, and history of a weekly day of rest across cultures, making a convincing argument for why we need to bring this ritual back.

A compelling personal story and a far-reaching examination of the complex world we’ve created, 24/6 is an incisive and urgent call to rebalance ourselves and society through a transformative weekly practice. The book offers a universal, scientifically-grounded, easily doable strategy for living in our 24/7 world that offers exponential benefits.

About The Author
Photograph by Lauri Levenfeld

Honored by Newsweek as one of the “Women Shaping the 21st Century,” Tiffany Shlain is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker and founder of the Webby Awards. Her films and work have received over eighty awards and distinctions including being selected for the Albert Einstein Foundation’s Genius: 100 Visions for the Future. NPR named Shlain’s UC Berkeley address on their list of best commencement speeches, and her films have premiered at top festivals including Sundance and are used by the US State Department to foster dialogue at embassies globally. Shlain serves on the Leadership Board of the Center on Media and Child Health at Harvard’s Boston Children’s Hospital, the advisory board of the WaitUntil8th.org initiative to delay smartphones for kids, and is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute. She and her husband and two children live in Northern California. Find out more on TiffanyShlain.com and follow on @TiffanyShlain.

Why We Love It

“If you’re one of the many people who feels conflicted about technology—how much easier it has made your life but how hard it is to put your phone down—24/6 is the straightforward approach to managing your time and your tech. We all know that we spend too much in front of our screens, but we have no clue how to actually change things. 24/6 will do just that.” —Karyn M., Senior Editor, on 24/6

Product Details
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (September 2019)
  • Length: 196 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781982116866

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Raves and Reviews

 “Put down your phone and pick up this book. I did. In one day I read it in entirety, convinced by the end that 24/6 is timeless and timely wisdom.”
—Angela Duckworth, New York Times bestselling author of Grit

 “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  

 “The 24/6 life, as described here, infuses everything else with the need for meaning, with the need for true connection, and with the need to ask the question: “Does this technology suit my human purposes?”
—Sherry Turkle, author of Reclaiming Conversation and Alone Together

"An unusual and essential guide that combines tech savvy with advice on health and well being with a marvelous spiritual sensibility. Here is a place to turn if you feel there’s something missing in our modern world."
—Jaron Lanier, bestselling author of Dawn of the New Everything and You Are Not a Gadget

“24/6 is a joy to read, from its compelling argument for a day of rest to its bonus challah bread recipe. Like the braided challah, Tiffany Shlain weaves together her intriguing personal story, practical advice, and research wisdom to show persuasively why taking a weekly tech break is so rejuvenating – and can fuel a healthy, meaningful life.”
—Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business School professor and bestselling author of Confidence

 “I don’t know how Tiffany Shlain does it. First the prize-winning movies, now an amazing book outlining a human way to manage our digital lifestyle. Like Tiffany, we all need to go 24/6. It’s a great way to seize back control from our digital overlords.”
—Andrew Keen, bestselling author of How To Fix The Future

"Moving from 24/7 to 24/6 is something so many of us are longing to do. The wisdom of Tiffany Shlain - and her family - is to have seen the relevance of ancient sacred ritual to this most contemporary of challenges. This book is a wonderfully refreshing and practical roadmap, as she promises, to both slowing down time and having more of it."
—Krista Tippett, host of On Being and bestselling author of Becoming Wise 

"An intensely personal story. She convinced me, that a day of disconnection is a path towards reconnection to the rest of our lives."
—Vint Cerf, the co-creator of the internet

“Tiffany is a 21st Century Marshall Mcluhan.”
—Jean Rogers, Director of Children’s Screen Time Action Network

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