In 24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week, Tiffany Shlain explores how turning off screens for 24 hours every week can work wonders on your brain, body, and soul — and why this regular practice of looking up gives you an opportunity to re-align with who and how you want to be in the world.
24/6 takes us on a provocative and entertaining journey through past, present, and future of ideas about time and technology and introduces a strategy for living in our 24/7 world: turning off all screens for 24 hours each week. Shlain 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, presence, and opportunity to cultivate the character strengths necessary to build a more just, compassionate world.
Drawn from the ancient ritual of Shabbat, living 24/6 can work for anyone from any background. With insight, humor, and wisdom, Shlain shares her story, offers lessons she has learned, and provides a blueprint to do it yourself. Along the way, she examines the neuroscience, philosophy, psychology and history of a weekly day of rest across cultures, making a convincing argument for why we need to bring this ritual back.
A compelling personal story and a far-reaching examination of the complex world we’ve created, 24/6 is an incisive and urgent call to rebalance ourselves, and society, through a transformative weekly practice. The book offers a universal, scientifically-grounded, easily doable strategy for living in our 24/7 world that offers exponential benefits.
“Put down your phone and pick up this book. I did. In one day I 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, New York Times best-selling author of Grit
“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
“At once a book of why, of how, and of quite specific how-to, Shlain delivers a moving family story, documenting the connections that make the need for the Shabbat important in the first place.”
– Sherry Turkle, MIT Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology, author of Reclaiming Conversation and Alone Together
“An unusual and essential guide that combines tech savvy with advice on health and well being with a marvelous spiritual sensibility. 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
“Moving from 24/7 to 24/6 is something so many of us are longing to do. The wisdom of Tiffany Shlain—and her family—is to have seen the relevance of ancient sacred ritual to this most contemporary of challenges. 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 best-selling author of Becoming Wise
“An intensely personal story. She convinced me that a day of disconnection is a path towards reconnection to the rest of our lives.”
– Vint Cerf, co-creator of the Internet
“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
“Tiffany is a 21st-century Marshall Mcluhan”
– Jean Rogers, director, Children’s Screen Time Action Network