For nearly a decade, my family and I have turned off all screens for one day a week for what we call 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.
You can see my short films about how powerful Technology Shabbats have been for us below.
Simon & Schuster’s Gallery Books will be publishing my book on the subject “24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week” on September 24th, 2019. All info on the book and pre-order information can be found here.
Below are films where I explored ideas around technology shabbats.
First in my feature documentary Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death & Technology 2011
All of these 5 min episodes from our Original Series “The Future Starts Here:
“Technology Shabbats” (5 mins)
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