Although Director Tiffany Shlain recently completed the film “Connected: An autobiography about love, death and technology,” which chronicles our use of technology in relationships today, Shlain herself recognizes that being plugged in all the time has its detriments.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Shlain and her family recently instituted weekly “technology Shabbats” in which they gather together for 24-hour periods without technology.
“It’s been life-changing for me and my family,” Shlain told the Chronicle.
We interviewed Tiffany Shlain at Aspen Ideas Festival where she explains her film and our perhaps detrimental relationship with technology.
Part of the inspiration for the Shabbats came during the filming of “Connected” when Shlain’s father was diagnosed with brain cancer.
“During my father’s illness, we just realized how short life is,” Shlain said.
Shlain is also the creator of the Webby Awards, presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Launched in 1996 (when the web was considered by many to be an infant), the Webby Awards honors excellence on the Internet by acknowledging superior web sites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile.
Although it’s next to impossible for anyone - let alone a filmmaker - to avoid technology completely today, Shlain believes that taking brief respites from the various digital screens that control our lives is extremely beneficial.
“Today, with everyone moving so quickly, I highly recommend it. Whatever your background is, doing a technology Shabbat or a weekly turning off of all technology is really important.”
For more from Tiffany Shlain on genConnect:
- Film Director Tiffany Shlain: ‘Connected’ Documentary (VIDEO)
- Tiffany Shlain Describes the Concept of “Connected”
- Tiffany Shlain on Creating the Webby Awards
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