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4.06  ·  Rating details ·  262 ratings  ·  64 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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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
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
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
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
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
❀ Susan G
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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,
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
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
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
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
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a Goodreads win review. This is an excellent book about unplugging from all your screen devices one day per week. I have family members that are younger than me and they are always on their IPHONE, tablet, IPad, or computer. When you go anywhere with them they are on devices and they never talk to anyone. I think is it making them not have good social skills that they will need in life. When you ask them to get off of their devices they have a meltdown. Kids do not play outside anymore. ...more
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jacqueline (We Be Book'N)
I really wanted to give this book a higher rating because I really did love the concept and I'll be including a social media detox day once a week in 2020, however, there were many parts of this book that were boring and could have been excluded. I had no interest in learning about the author's Jewish background/history and felt like it had nothing to do with the actual book. It felt like she included it to make the book longer, when this would have been the perfect book if she just explained ...more
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The increased addiction to and stress created by our smart phones and social media has been a real and growing concern of mine for some time now. Although I certainly see substantial benefits from their use and do not advocate eliminating them entirely, I would like to control their impact in my life without allowing them to control me. This book creates a easily defined method to doing so. I like the idea of a Tech Shabbat. It seems a rational and doable approach that I intend to try. Nothing ...more
Dec 06, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a quick and easy read outlining a concept that I thought was useful, but it felt padded with too much moralizing. The author threw in a couple of lines about how she understood not everyone could make Tech Shabbat work the same way that she had, but I would've liked to see more time exploring alternative methods and habits that still hit the same core desire (ie, is unplugging for a couple of hours every evening helpful? is not looking at a screen the only differentiation between what's ...more
Sharon S
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Conversational, educational, inspirational, informative.

Excellent book about making helpful suggestions to turning off the screen for 24 hours. It's easy to read and easy to follow guidelines for doing this healthy habit.

I've tried it for 2 weeks now and my headaches have subsided. I would highly recommend this book. The writing is interesting too, the author provides an interesting personal perspective to her reasoning for taking a day off of the screen, or off technology.

Very helpful book, a
Jill Vosberg
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is based around unpopular opinions about taking a day of rest specifically from tech. Shabbat is not unfamiliar to me, I’ve read various books about it specifically from the faith perspective. I really enjoyed the practical real deal ways this author talked about why and how. I actually almost liked it more because it was not centered from a faith perspective, but human. It all felt more relatable to me. I enjoyed listening to the emotion from the author on the audio version. There is ...more
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I like the concept behind this book. Some of it comes off a bit preachy and I find messages being repeated over and over but in different words. A few times I did think the topic could have been plenty covered in an article. There are lots of platitudes and inspirational quotes throughout. I did take note of quite a few things that really spoke to me.

‘Watch your thoughts, for they become words; watch your words, for they become actions; watch your actions, for they become habits; watch your
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Tiffany Shlain has a compelling case for a Tech Shabbat. The basic idea of controlling our screens is so important. Every family may not be able to devote a 24 hour period to analog methods but her suggestions are still important and viable in various ways for different people. The joy of looking at the world directly instead of on a screen is now not only a challenge but a very needed commitment.
Her style is easy to read and I enjoyed my time with her and her family while reading the book.
The author covers a wide variety of areas—including psychology, neurology, parenting, interpersonal dynamics, and creativity—that are impacted by how we use (or misuse) our technology. Although some aspects of the book didn't apply to me (I don't use my smartphone like most folks), it still presented lots of intriguing and helpful info on how to manage technology more mindfully. A really thought-provoking book and well worth the read.
Jan Klassen
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought this was a good guide for families that want to set limits on screen time for children. The author challenges ALL of us to maintain personal connections with others by taking a break from technology one day a week. By doing so, family connections are strengthened, work productivity is improved and creativity regains a comeback.
The author is Jewish and does throw in some of her childhood traditions, but overall, a good guide for future generations to strongly consider.
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love the idea of completely unplugging from all screens for a day and being completely present. This book is filled with research on the effects screen time has on us both mentally and physically as well as ideas to minimize our overall screen time. It is a wonderful book filled with great advice. Highly recommended.

I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy free of charge. This is my honest and unbiased opinion of it.
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