In 24/6, Tiffany Shlain explores how turning off screens one day a week can work wonders on your brain, body, and soul.
Internet pioneer and renowned filmmaker Tiffany Shlain takes us on a provocative and entertaining journey through time and technology, introducing a strategy for living in our 24/7 world: turning off all screens for twenty-four hours each week. This practice, which she’s done for nearly a decade with her husband and kids (sixteen and ten), has completely changed their lives, giving them more time, productivity, connection, and presence. She and her family call it “Technology Shabbat.”
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, offers lessons she has learned, and provides a blueprint for how to do it yourself. Along the way, she delves into the neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, and history of a weekly day of rest across cultures, making the case for why we need to bring this ritual back.
A compelling personal story and a fascinating, far-reaching examination of the complex world we’ve created, 24/6 is a call to rebalance ourselves and our society.
In this wise, wonderful work, filmmaker Shlain (Brain Power) eloquently argues the merits of taking a break from technology, particularly smartphones, one day a week a practice she refers to as "tech Shabbat." Coexisting with technology in this balanced way will make readers more creative and productive, Shlain suggests. She explains how she, her husband, and their two teenage daughters put away screens from Friday night to Saturday night and invite friends over for dinner, bake bread, and sleep late all things that allow them to recharge and regroup. Included is a simple, easy-to-follow guide for implementing her tech Shabbat with advice on picking a day and strategies for different lifestyles and family sizes. Shlain is also open about how difficult disconnecting can be and shares some of her own slips, yet always encourages because she believes "we all have a profound need for stillness, silence, days of reflection away from the noise. Letting your mind have back its most reflective mode lets you see the best way forward." 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.