A note on the narrator: This book is narrated by the author. She’s good, and when she talks about things like her father passing, you can hear her choke up a bit. It adds some weight to the reading.
I think all the parents I know struggle with the use of devices in families, but I like the idea of a day of tech rest. 24/6 makes some compelling arguments, though I’m not sure I needed any. It also has some actionable ideas for how to make it work, which is incredibly valuable.— Anna Brown - Katy Budget Books
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.
About the Author
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. Tiffany’s 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 named her UC Berkeley address as one of its best commencement speeches and her films have premiered at top festivals including Sundance. She lectures worldwide on the relationship between technology and humanity. Find out more at TiffanyShlain.com and follow @TiffanyShlain.
“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)
"[A] bright debut... A useful and much-needed guide to turning the clock back to a less frazzled pre-internet and -smartphone day."
“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 did. In one day read it in its entirety, convinced by the end that 24/6 is timeless and timely 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
“Shlain's well-written and well-reasoned book offers families excellent ideas for taming the digital monsters who have moved into their homes. I recommend it to all parents who have struggled to set limits on screen time.”
—Mary Pipher, co-author of Reviving Ophelia
“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
“Shlain delivers a moving family story, documenting the need for Shabbat in the first place.”
—Sherry Turkle, MIT Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology, author of Reclaiming Conversation and Alone Together
"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, best-selling author of Dawn of the New Everything and You Are Not a Gadget
“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, Best-selling author of How To Fix The Future
“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
"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.
“Tiffany Shlain is a 21st Century Marshall McLuhan, reminding us that having the best of both worlds is not getting consumed by one.”
—Jean Rogers, M.S.Ed. Director, Children’s Screen Time Action Network
“To fulfill the promise of automation we may well need to re-learn some of the arts of living lost in the industrial revolution. Tiffany Shlain’s book is a much-needed guide for how to start on this path.”
—Marina Gorbis, Author & Executive Director Institute for The Future
“Tiffany Shlain is a digital philosopher for our time, confronting the conundrums presented by a constantly demanding, ever-present information environment. I, as a pediatrician, live it and recommend it as a best parenting and best living practice to the families I serve.”
—Michael Rich, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
“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 why taking a weekly tech break is so rejuvenating—and can fuel a healthy, meaningful life.”
—Rosabeth Moss Kanter, bestselling author of Confidence
“Tiffany Shlain provides much needed sanity in our data frenzied world. Do yourself a favor. Read this book and take back your life.”
—Stephen Balkam, Founder & CEO, Family Online Safety Institute
“In her book, [Shlain] offers suggestions of activities for all ages to engage in while unplugging, but one activity that might be good for the whole family is simply journaling. These days are days that will be inscribed forever into history books. We’re living history now. One day we all will be the storytellers and history keepers, and conversations may always drift back to what did you do when.”
–Scary Mommy blog