The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week

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About The Book

When you have a regular practice of looking up, you have a better chance of seeing the big picture. In 24/6, Tiffany Shlain explores the science of why turning off screens can work wonders on your brain, body, and soul.

Internet pioneer and renowned filmmaker Tiffany Shlain takes us on an entertaining journey into 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 wit and wisdom, Shlain offers lessons she has learned and provides a blueprint to do it yourself. And along the way, she examines the neuroscience, philosophy, psychology and history of a day of rest across cultures and history and makes an argument for why we need to bring it back.

A far-reaching examination of the digital revolution and the complex world we’ve created, 24/6 is an incisive, intimate, and urgent call to rebalance ourselves, and ultimately help rebalance society through a transformative weekly practice.

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, founder of The Webby Awards, and co-founder of The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. 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’s inclusion of 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 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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Praise for Tiffany Shlain's Work

“Examining everything from the Big Bang to Twitter.”
—The New York Times

“Shlain leaves us with a magical mix of awe, humility and perhaps most important, a sense of agency in a world that seems so out of control….Tiffany is a wisdom teacher for this age, creatively taking us to where mindfulness, purposefulness and technology meet.”
—Wisdom Daily

“A highly energized romp through a myriad of ideas about where the human race is headed.”
—The Hollywood Reporter

“Ostensibly a film about technology, but it’s really about human beings.”
—NPR Marketplace

“An intensely personal exploration of what human connection means in our modern, technology-obsessed world.”
—The Atlantic

“Super thought provoking.”

"Shlain challenges audiences to push the potential of technology while being mindful… "
— USA Today

“As parents we work to build our kids’ brains. As geeks we exist with one foot in that interconnected space of the Internet. Shlain’s [Brain Power] bridges the gap between the two.”
Garth Sundem, Wired.com

“Tiffany is a breath of fresh air from the future.”
Douglas Rushkoff, Author

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