My family and I are on our 8th year of unplugging from all technology one day a week, something we call our “Technology 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.
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.
Article from my teenage daughter Odessa about doing technology shabbats in educational journal ISTE
Technology Shabbats are a recurring theme in many of my films and talks, here are just a few that mention my family’s Shabbats and how they’ve changed our life: