Technology Shabbats

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.

All of these 5 min episodes from our Original Series “The Future Starts Here:
“Technology Shabbats” (Season 1)
“A Case for Dreaming” (Season 2)
“ParenTechnology” (Season 2)

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 keeps getting more interesting to me the longer we do it.

Harvard Business ReviewTech’s Best Feature: The Off Switch, by Tiffany Shlain
The Forward: Do Yourself a Favor: Unplug This Shabbat

Article from my teenage daughter Odessa about doing technology shabbats in educational journal ISTE

Articles About Our Technology Shabbats:



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: