The Digital Detox With Which You Can Actually Stick
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Tiffany Shlain, an Emmy-nominated filmmaker and creator of the Webby Awards, says she finds it liberating to disconnect from her devices one day a week. This practice, which she’s done for nearly a decade with her husband and kids, has completely changed their lives, giving them more time, productivity, connection, and presence. In her newly released book 24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day A Week, Shlain takes us on an interesting 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.
- 1. You are the founder of the Webby Awards, co-founder of the International Academy for Digital Arts and Sciences, and a renowned filmmaker. It’s safe to say technology is a big part of your daily life. In "24/6," you urge people to reclaim their time by spending 24 hours a week disconnected. How difficult was that for you personally?
It wasn’t difficult at all–I actually found it liberating. What excited me about the web in the early days was that it was this decentralized network that connected people and ideas in all these new ways, but when the smartphone came out, and the business model changed to glue our eyes to the screens and keep us on one scroll, I got sucked in like everyone else, and wasn’t paying attention to the people and things that mattered most to me.
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