In this Fireside Chat with Hivery Founder Grace Kraaijvanger, Mill Valley native Tiffany Shlain will talk about her new book 24/6, and explore how turning off screens one day a week can work wonders on your brain, body, and soul. Internet pioneer and renowned filmmaker Shlain takes us on a provocative and entertaining journey through time and technology, introducing a strategy for living in our 24/7 world: turning off all screens for twenty-four hours each week. This practice, which she’s done for nearly a decade with her husband and daughters (sixteen and ten), has completely changed their lives, giving them more time, productivity, connection, and presence. She and her family call it “Technology Shabbat.” Drawn from the ancient ritual of Shabbat, living 24/6 can work for anyone from any background. With humor and wisdom, Shlain shares her story, offers lessons she has learned, and provides a blueprint for how to do it yourself. Along the way, she delves into the neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, and history of a weekly day of rest across cultures, making the case for why we need to bring this ritual back. A compelling personal story and a fascinating, far-reaching examination of the complex world we’ve created, 24/6 is a call to rebalance ourselves and our society.
Praise for the book 24/6
“In this wise, wonderful work, filmmaker Shlain eloquently argues the merits of taking a break from technology, particularly smartphones, one day a week …Bolstered with fascinating and germane facts about neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, and the history of the concept of a day of rest, this excellent cross between instruction and memoir deserves a wide audience.”- Publishers Weekly
"[A] bright debut... A useful and much-needed guide to turning the clock back to a less frazzled pre-internet and -smartphone day." – KirkusReviews
"Put down your phone and pick up this book. I read it in one day, convinced 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 bestselling 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
"A wonderfully refreshing and practical roadmap to both slowing down time and having more of it." —Krista Tippett, host of On Being and bestselling author of Becoming Wise
"An unusual and essential guide. Here is a place to turn if you feel there’s something missing in our modern world."—Jaron Lanier, bestselling author of Dawn of the New Everything and You Are Not a Gadget
“Well-written and well-reasoned. Shlain offers families excellent ideas for taming digital monsters. I recommend it to all parents who have struggled to set limits on screen time.” —Mary Pipher, author of WOMEN ROWING NORTH and REVIVING OPHELIA
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ABOUT TIFFANY SHLAIN
Honored by Newsweek as one of the “Women Shaping the 21st Century,” Tiffany Shlain is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and founder of The Webby Awards. Tiffany’s films and work have received over 80 awards and distinctions including being selected for the Albert Einstein Foundation Genius:100 Visions of the Future. NPR names her UCBerkeley address on it’s list of best commencement speeches and her films have premiered at top festivals including Sundance. She lectures worldwide on the relationship between technology and humanity. Find out more at tiffanyshlain.com and follow @tiffanyshlain