For the past 8 years, my family and I have turned off all screens for one day a week for what I have called our “Technology Shabbats,” or “Tech Shabbats.” Every Friday night, we all unplug from all of our technologies and don’t turn them on again until Saturday evening. Unplugging for a day makes time slow down and makes me feel more present with my family. I not only appreciate this quality time with them, but it has also made me appreciate technology in a whole new way. By Saturday night we can’t wait to plug back in.
The idea of taking one day a week off from responsibilities and work is a very, very, very old idea. In our 24/7 information overload world, it’s a good time to bring this idea back. I’ve explored this idea in many of our films and in my writing.
First in my feature documentary Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death & Technology 2011
Then also: Brain Power and Yelp: With Apologies to Allen Ginsberg’s Howl, which is a re-writing of Allen Ginsberg’s classic poem Howl about our addiction to technology and the importance of unplugging.
Below are articles I have written about it..it keeps getting more interesting to me the longer we do it.
An article from Ken’s and my teenage daughter Odessa about
doing tech shabbats in educational journal ISTE