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The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week


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Winner of the Marshall McLuhan Outstanding Book Award
Entrepreneur’s 12 Productivity and Time-Management Books to Read

“I’m won over to a day with people, not screens….I tried Shlain’s idea. I highly recommend it.” —The New York Times
“Tiffany Shlain is a modern-day prophet, brilliant and incredibly funny in equal measure...24/6 is timeless and timely wisdom.” —Angela Duckworth, #1 New York Times bestselling author

This “wise, wonderful work” (Publishers Weekly starred review) demonstrates how turning off screens one day a week can work wonders on your brain, body, and soul.

Do you wish you had more time to do what you love, think deeply, and focus on the people and things that matter most? By giving up screens one day a week for over a decade, Internet pioneer and renowned filmmaker Tiffany Shlain and her family have gained more time, productivity, connection, and presence.

Shlain takes us on a thought-provoking and entertaining journey through time and technology, introducing a strategy for flourishing in our 24/7 world. Drawn from the ancient ritual of Shabbat, living 24/6 can work for anyone from any background. With humor and wisdom, Shlain shares her story, offering the accessible lessons she has learned and providing a blueprint for how to do it yourself.

“Bolstered with fascinating and germane facts about neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, and the history of the concept of a day of rest” (Publishers Weekly), 24/6 makes the case for incorporating this weekly reset into our 24/7 lives, issuing a call to rebalance ourselves and our society.

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 of the Future, NPR’s list of the best commencement speeches, and the Neil Postman Award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity. The Museum of Modern Art in New York premiered her live cinematic essay show Dear Human and her solo art exhibition Human Nature was presented by the National Women’s History Museum in Washington, DC. Her films have premiered at top festivals including Sundance. . Find out more at and follow @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 (October 1, 2019)
  • Length: 256 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781982143336

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