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The Digital Diet: The 4-step plan to break your tech addiction and regain balance in your life

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We all know someone who needs a digital diet.
 
Technology has overwhelmed our daily lives to the point of constant distraction. Many of us can no longer focus on a single task or face-to-face conversation without wanting to reach out—or retreat—to the virtual world every few minutes.
 
Science and technology reporter and recovering digital addict Daniel Sieberg has devised a
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Harmony (first published April 27th 2011)
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Bronislava
Čítalo sa to ľahko, ako dlhý článok z techstajlového magazínu. (Síce 200-stranový, ale veľkými písmenami.)

Zaujímavý pohľad na digitálnu pascu a (trošku naivný) plán, ako z nej von. Jemne zastaralé (2011, esemesky, staré aplikácie/programy...), ale podstata platí. Pár pikošiek, osobný príklad autora, tipy a triky na preorientovanie sa na skutočnú (osobnú) komunikáciu.

Prínos? Zamyslela som sa nad viacerými vecami, dospela k rozhodnutiam. Vždy môžem byť menej online, že milý Goodreads. (Napríklad.)
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David
Aug 27, 2011 rated it did not like it
Tech correspondent for CBS and CNN decided to break away from some of his gadgets (apparently at his wife's insistence) and has written up his plan as advice for others to follow.

Very little evidence anybody else has used the plan to good effect, making me wonder what the standards are for writing an entire book about your proposed intervention.

Unctuous, cutesy writing style -- for example, he recommends as a useful gadget to own "Clocky" a little alarm clock with rubber wheels --- "when it's ti
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Denis
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Автор предлагает использовать технологии только там где они действительно помогают и не использовать там где можно обойтись.(позитивная компьютеризация).

Слабовато, а может банально... Или не актуально. Возможно, пока, все не так плохо, как описывает автор.
Dima
May 06, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Тема диджитал детокса интересует меня давно, поэтому прочитал «Цифровую диету» Дэниела Сиберга.
Если существует булшит-бинго по self-help книгам, то здесь бы мы управились страниц за 10.

Журналист был зависим от интернета, это разрушало его жизнь, но тут ему довелось нырнуть в море к стае тигровых акул. Не шевелясь и гляди им в глаза, он понял, как отучить себя от гаджетов.

Что советует автор?
Не пользоваться гаджетами несколько дней, а потом начать пользоваться, но чуть-чуть. Конечно, этого мало
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V
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
„Для большинства из нас действует правило: чем больше гаджетов, тем больше мы отвлекаемся, тем менее эффективно работаем.”
Cartea „Dieta electronică: Cum să învingi dependența de tehnologie?” ar trebui să ne ajute să ne deparasăm de multitudinea de „aparate”: telefoane, laptop, ipad, ceasuri electronice etc. de care suntem înconjurați și care ne dictează modul de a fi. Trezirea de dimineață și deconectarea alarmei iar apoi verificarea poștei sau a profilului de facebook denotă o dependență de ace
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Amanda Mills
Jul 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
Some good thoughts, but the useful content is more suited to an article or two. Way too much filler was needed to turn it into a book. Didn't finish it. ...more
Sketching Girl
This is a fantastic book, it is written in an easy to read conversational style. You could be talking with your best friend. I got this book out of the library because I thought I, and my entire family, could do with cutting down how much time we spend on the computer. This book is perfect for that. It really gets you thinking about the effect all this technology (in all it's forms: Computer, Smart phone, ipod, MP3 player, etc.) has on you and your day to day life. It makes you think how much yo ...more
Katya
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
Я очень давно пытаюсь структурировать свой электронный день. Я ооочень зависима от гаджетов (3 телефона, 2 дополнительных зарядки, Kindle, iPad, ноутбук). Помимо гаджетов у меня 7 эл. адресов, Facebook х3 (личный и 2 рабочих), Instagram х2 (личный и рабочий), Twitter, WhatsApp, Telegram. Последние три недели не проверяю почту после 9 вечера и вот реально ничего не произошло.

Моментальное реагирование на сообщения приводит к эффекту сжимания времени.

Тратить время на книгу не нужно. Краткий смысл
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Arttu Malek
A nice book for those who want to take charge of their digital lives and get back with their close ones and relatives. It consists from the day to day exercises and tips that one by one lead to the better control over consumption of digital content and communications. On the downside, the book is more concentrated on the addiction to social networks and communication through the internet rather than data addiction like mine. Still, a great book, especially for parents and those who need control ...more
Sylvain
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The author tells us how he was spending too much time on social networks and it was hurting his relationships. He thus decided to do a drastic digital diet to try to reconnect with his friends and family. In this book, he offers some guidance on how and why we should question our usage of technologies.

Some of it is interesting, but I think some of the chapters could have been removed (particularly when listing apps you could use on your phone, or on the web). I would not recommend this book.
Marija
May 26, 2011 rated it liked it
I thought this would be a good follow-up to Sherry Turkle's "Alone Together," but it wasn't. Aside from advocating a "diet" of a certain number of online/connected minutes per day, his solution is not so much to simplify but to use even more online tools and apps to be more productive in shorter time. ...more
Jeffrey
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
Nothing spectacular or particularly insightful, but it was quick. None of the gimmicks or exercises are very valuable, everything just revolves around making conscious choices instead of jumping at every ding, vibration, or flashing light that the nearest gadget gives off.
Crystal
Aug 23, 2011 rated it liked it
So even though the "diet" isn't well fleshed out or organized, the ideas in this book made sense to me. I've been questioning my reliance on gadgets and social media and such, and this helped me make some decisions that make me feel a bit better about it. ...more
Daniel Lee
Oct 15, 2013 rated it liked it
So so. The book asks important questions and encourages having better technology choices to live better. People don't need a detox like the author suggests. They need to ask the question why. People aren't "addicted" to Facebook or technology. It's the symptom of a larger problem. ...more
Petrina
Aug 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book provides good insight, and while I didn't actually follow the plan structured by the author, it did challenge me to think about how I could place more control in my hands and re-evaluate the tech addictions I do have. ...more
Eric
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
It was quick, had some good ideas but reading other people's reviews after the fact rings true. I would just skip this but it is short and easy. ...more
Rosemary Gunn
Aug 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! So reassuring to know that I'm not the only one struggling with finding a balance amid all the technology. ...more
Denis
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Идеи интересны, но порой все сводится к таким давно известным вещам.
Примеры интересны, но все растянуто.
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