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24/6 The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  474 ratings  ·  103 reviews
In 24/6, Tiffany Shlain explores how turning off screens one day a week can work wonders on your brain, body, and soul.

Internet pioneer and renowned filmmaker Tiffany 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
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 24th 2019 by Gallery Books
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Rebecca McNutt
24/6 presents a concept that I wholeheartedly agree with. Having just been to the house that my uncle was borrowing for a Christmas party, a house that was reigned by Google and Amazon Alexa, as well as numerous thumbs tapping on cell phones, I think using less technology, or at least not letting it invade every aspect of our lives, is something we all should aspire for. What this book doesn't necessarily realize is that a tech-free day is not a feasible reality for most people. For instance, ...more
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
I absolutely loved the idea of this book but I did not really like the book. I love the idea of taking a completely technology free day off every week. I know I definitely use it too much and I have been trying to make a conscious effort to not use it around my small children much or take it with me everywhere on the weekends and to just be more present; but it is hard! It is such a habit to just turn the screen on and check it.

That said, I did not like the writing at all. It seemed like it was
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, non-fiction
This book came along at just the right time for me. I'm an introvert- I love reading (on my phone!) and listening to podcasts, and I have a drive to keep my brain going all the time.... keep learning, keep growing, keep thinking. I've slowly realized that my brain needs some down time- time to wander, be curious, and gently muse. I've just never made it a priority.

24/6 doesn't shame the reader and it doesn't minimize the importance of technology in our culture, it just welcomes readers to
Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!

Very, very enjoyable. I've been trying to think of ways to minimize my cell phone and social media use. It's all in our face, all the time. And I know how ironic it is that I'm writing this on my computer and having some screen time. But, it definitely sparked ideas of what I can do and how I can work unplugging into my life.

The only real con for this is that I felt that it went on for too long on other topics. It highlighted
Chris LaTray
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
I chose the audio version of this book for a couple reasons. First, I'm a sucker for people's ideas about getting off tech and social media because I personally find both more and more loathsome the older I get. I feel like I'm in a constant battle for my own soul in the constant push-and-pull that results from deciding to participate in it at all or not (and here I am on a stupid website—owned by Amazon of all people—complaining, so this is me being a hypocrite). Secondly, at a little under ...more
Dec 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
while most of this book was anecdotal and a bit preachy at moments, the concept of 'techno-shabbat' is something i really want to consider adapting moving into 2020.

i've been thinking a lot the past few weeks about how technology and social media serves me, and if it is serving me in a positive or negative way. i've also been thinking about how my relationship with social media has changed as i've grown.

in 2020, i want to be more mindful about how i use technology. i'm not sure if a full
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
24/6 is thought provoking and offers society a break from the connectedness that is causing a disconnection.

The following are books, TED talks, etc. that are mentioned in the book but not in the resources section.
The Sabbath World by Judith Shulevitz
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
The Shallows by Nicholas Carr
Team Human by Douglas Rushkoff
Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron Lanier
Alone Together by Sherry Turkle
The Five Minute Journal by Alex
Ramona Mead
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
The core concept of this book is interesting: taking a structured break from technology once a week. Parts were enlightening and inspiring, yet other times I felt I was being lectured by a parent and fear mongered about the dangers of technology. The author digs deep into the areas surrounding her family's choice to take a Tech Shabbat weekly. We get the history of "a day of rest" as well as facts on the benefits of making eye contact and practicing gratitude. Sometimes it felt like she was all ...more
❀ Susan G
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
A great reminder that we need to put down our technology or take a “tech Shabbat” and enjoy life! This is a book that I will percolate on. Do I get a landline again so that we can be less attached to cell phones? Can we reduce our tech time? Can we commit to a full day of no technology or do we start with small changes? This book shares an important message of connecting with others and putting down that smart phone!
Jessica Carew Kraft
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Living at a slower pace--with fewer demands and more time doing enjoyable activities--is an instant salve for our chronically stressed out times. As Lily Tomlin’s famous joke goes: “For fast-acting relief, try slowing down.”

When our lives get crowded with too many tasks and activities, it’s common to start feeling overwhelmed. Our capacity to handle stress diminishes, and we’re flooded with negative emotions.
Add in technology that allows us to be within reach of employers and acquaintances 24/7
Beth Menendez
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In this day and age of way to much access to technology all of the time everywhere we turn, loudly turned up so we all cannot think this book was a giant breath of fresh air. I am immensely intrigued with the idea of a tech shabbat and want to see if my family can start such a thing. It was refreshing to read that we are not alone in no allowing our kids to not have a smart phone, that while we feel like the only people on the planet who have not caved to letting the kids have their own phones I ...more
Sarah Brousseau
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book 74/55: 24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week by Tiffany Shlain. I got this book for my birthday from a dear friend, and then a week or so later found out the author herself was coming to the Indigo location nearest to me to talk about this interesting concept. I got to meet her and she signed my copy! What a thrilling experience! I will have to experience the Tech Shabbat myself soon. A phenomenal read in an era that needs to remember that there was a time not so very long ago that ...more
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: technology
If you're looking to find your way in an over-connected world, Shlain has an interesting perspective and lots of practical ideas. I do wish this book had more on the neuroscience of how digital tools are designed to keep us from putting them down, so if you're looking for that aspect of the discussion, The Hacking of the American Mind: The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains is a good companion read. I appreciated Shlain's approach, writing style, and inclusion of the ...more
Gina Morphy
After reading this book, I’ve realized I really should be reading more of the non-fiction and self-help genre!

‘24/6’ is all about the idea of having one day a week that is screen-free. Tiffany Shlain has dubbed the “Tech Shabbat” to be life-changing in that she spends more quality time with her family and friends, and is more creative and productive altogether. I admire the notion of putting your phones down for a full 24-hour period and the benefits that come along with it. Shlain outlines how
Megan Dormoy
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Improve life with less screen-time"

I thought this book was riddled with useful reminders and tips for how to balance technology usage in our lives.

I appreciated the numerous references and research guidance Shlain provided on the topic, as well as her personal anecdotes, even though it was hard to relate to at times.

One of my favorite topics she brought up was the idea of exits and entrances, to think more intentionally about all the interactions you have throughout the day. I think it's a
Laila (BigReadingLife)
Very persuasive. I'd been feeling the need to unplug for a while before happening upon this book at the library. I know that my family is addicted to screens, and I don't like it (myself included.) I like that she gives concrete suggestions by age group for things to do instead of look at your screens. I'm going to try my own version of this.
Ben Gigone
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
will be unplugging!!!! love this
Christine Fitzgerald
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked this interesting read about taking a tech Shabbat weekly. The author Tiffany offers real practical funny advice on why and how to do this in today’s noisy technology filled world.
Tangled in Text
Jan 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Even after reading all the advantages of unplugging for a full day every week I'm still not convinced not in its benefits but in its plausibility. I loved hearing what good it's done her family, but she didn't really elaborate on how to make this a reality on anyone outside her mold. She shared an immense amount of religious references which were actually fun to learn about, but it also kept me distant that again I didn't fit her mold. Her entire experiment was for a Jewish family unit with ...more
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shlain presents a convincing argument for shutting technology down one day a week ... includes a detailed game plan.
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A deeply felt and wise female perspective of what is happening to our culture

I started listening to this book and could not stop until I was finished. I had no idea there was so much to say about unplugging, digital culture and creativity. I was not expecting such an emotional journey. By the end of the book I was completely wrung out.

The author has an exceptional voice that conveys much humor, warmth and intelligence that I recommend the audio version.
Julie Bestry
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book could easily have been described in a paragraph, maybe even a sentence. "Too much technology hurts us psychologically, creatively, and interactively. Improve your productivity, your serenity, your connection to others, and your sense of presence by taking a 24 hours away from technology each week." Bam!

Instead, the author provides academic and scientific research, combined with anecdotal information regarding the benefits of taking a "tech Shabbat." Borrowing from traditional Judaism,
Anne Logan
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It’s not a groundbreaking statement to say you should get off your phone more often. We are all (mostly) aware of why staring at a screen is bad for us, mentally, physically and emotionally, and yet we just keep coming back to them. For many, this is because we have to be on a screen at some point in our day for work or communication purposes, but when we don’t HAVE to be staring at a screen, we still are. Yes, the internet is addictive, so how do we break this cycle? 24/6 by Tiffany Shlain is a ...more
Good but not great. If it had been ranked a bit higher by others, I would have 3-starred to counteract.

The idea of a digital Shabbos is nice. So is the bit of history Shlain had at the start about other "weeks." That said, the first, if not error, a misstep is there.

She said nobody knows why the Roman 8-day week didn't stick. Sure we do. Christians took over the Jewish 7-day week and things went from there when the Roman Empire Christianized.

The big misstep from my point of view? Why not discuss
M. Engel
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
24/6 is not just a book, it’s an empowering guide to living better.

Life is so frenetic I often feel like there’s no time to slow down, no chance to escape all the noise coming from our screens that scream nonstop for our attention—the apps, the texts, the posts, the emails, the alerts. It’s overwhelming. And then I read this book (in print form) that tells me it doesn’t have to be like that. Reading it was like taking a long, deep breath, something I don’t do nearly often enough.

The author,
Kev Willoughby
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-top-10
"Think about how you want to be remembered, and start living that life." - Tiffany Shlain

We spend so much time on our phones and on social media in the 21st century that we don't even realize how quickly our lives are passing us by.

Do you remember when you first started spending time online and how quickly an hour or two would go by and how shocked / embarrassed you were that you wasted so much time?

Now, we're accustomed to it, and we don't realize that the time has gone by at all or that we
Kitty Verduin
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
24/6 by Tiffany Shlain is by far one of the best books I have read in a while. Her topic is important to all of us in the Western world, and Shlain has a couple of messages that I firmly believe all of us need to hear.

Even though I fully support her different messages throughout the book, I love that she did not bring it across as a 'must do', but more of a "this really works well for me and it might be something for you too". Keep in mind: she actually loves technology and believes all we need
Cassidy Fields
When I checked this book out from my local library I was not looking for it. What made me check out this book was the title, especially where it says “The Power of Unplugging One Day A Week”. For a long time, I have been wanting to unplug, mainly from my phone. I have had a smartphone so long that naturally if there is any lull or if I am doing something that boring, I will go to check my phone. So finding this book was RIGHT ON TIME.

I was immediately engaged from page 1. I love how Shlain talks
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Disclaimer: I received this book as part of GoodReads' First Reads program.

Everywhere you see them - people on the train staring at their phones, people standing in lines staring at their phones, people in meetings staring at their phones, people walking down the street staring at their phones, people driving while staring at their phones. Almost an entire population addicted to their phones, as if there is anything on there that is actually of value. This book points our the problems this
Nov 13, 2019 rated it liked it
24/6 The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week.

The author has made some really salient points on how we should take the day off from our electronic devices and practice the Jewish tradition of Shabbat but relate it to tech devices i.e. 24 hours device free. The author and her family take a 24 hr break from their all of their devices - laptops, iPads, phones and iWatch, etc. They start on Friday evening and reconnect digitally only on Saturday evening. This gives them 24 hours to interact with
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