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Minimalism is the art of knowing how much is just enough. Digital minimalism applies this idea to our personal technology. It’s the key to living a focused life in an increasingly noisy world.

In this timely and enlightening book, the bestselling author of Deep Work introduces a philosophy for technology use that has already improved countless lives.

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    Kate Having read both, I would say Deep Work is a much stronger book overall - if you had to pick just one to read, pick Deep Work over Digital Minimalism.…moreHaving read both, I would say Deep Work is a much stronger book overall - if you had to pick just one to read, pick Deep Work over Digital Minimalism. Deep Work is a core philosophy; Digital Minimalism is a supplemental tool that might help you implement that philosophy. But they are technically stand-alone books.(less)
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    Kelly
    Although at times it made me annoyed for how into only citing dudes or dude-centric work it is (hi, the Craft movement has been in the women's spheres for forever, but it didn't become "cool" to do crafts -- whatever craft you prefer -- until dudes "reclaimed" it over the last few decades), this is a really smart, thoughtful, and practical book about how to make sure that social media works for you, rather than you becoming a tool of the social media. I've been doing some of these things in my o ...more
    Carl Rannaberg
    I badly wanted to like this book. I really did. Because I have very much enjoyed other books by Cal Newport: So Good That They Can’t Ignore You and Deep Work. Both have inspired me a lot and I have recommended these to others in many occasions.

    This book was way below my expectations. I'm afraid it’s not the book, it’s me. The practical value for me was minimal as I have already implemented a lot of things he proposes in the book.

    As Cal Newport mentions that he sees the digital minimalism trend g
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    K.J. Dell'Antonia
    I've been thinking a lot these days about making more deliberate tech choices. No one human--not even Steve Jobs--ever expected technology to invade our lives the way it has. Instead, keeping us tethered to our tech and pulling that lever became the most popular and obvious way to monetize the Internet, and we individuals became, not the consumers, but the product being sold. And instead of cutting ourselves some slack--billions of dollars have been spent in the name of making the screens around ...more
    Kate Olson
    Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    If you are ready to make radical changes in your approach to tech in your life, this book is for you. It has been life altering in the best possible ways for me. I’m noticing that the people who aren’t ready to make changes tend to get defensive and call Newport a Luddite 🤷🏼♀

    However, if you almost never use your phone except for making phone calls or don’t use social media, you can probably skip it. Or if you’ve already read other books on the topic, maybe this covers the same ground? I haven’t
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    Mehrsa
    Feb 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I like the idea in here--less is more. We do not need all the apps and the social platforms. He's definitely talking to someone like me here. I am not a huge consumer of these platforms (mostly this is age-related). However, I listened to his book using audible and some apps have really helped me expand my mind (meditation apps and audible are two). There is no room in Newport's framework for using smartphones in a good way. He's sort of an intellectual luddite. I get this and sometimes I think ...more
    Kate
    Feb 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Cal Newport’s Digital Minimalism is Marie Kondo’s tidying philosophy applied to technology: technology isn’t inherently bad or good, but it should be judiciously curated to fit your pre-existing values of what constitutes a good life. Rather than going to Facebook or Instagram or a news feed of breaking news to find human connection and entertainment, pre-decide what you value in the spheres of entertainment and connection and then tailor the tools of social media to achieve those pre-defined ob ...more
    Luke Bacich
    Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Deep work (Cal's previous book) is my favourite book; it overhauled how I stay focused during the work day in an age of distraction. Digital Minimalism is the perfect sequel. Digital Minimalism removes low impact distractions from your personal life in search of meaningful high quality analogue activities. Between the two books your work and personal life are covered. You come away a far more present and content with your life.
    Ahmed Alsahaf
    The author of this book is a prime example of how one can be very successful, and at the same time incredibly unimaginative.

    When the title caught my attention at a bookstore, I had been feeling for a long time that my own consumption of digital content has gotten out of hand. “This looks like something you should read,” said one of the better angels of my nature (brace for many Abraham Lincoln stories if you decide to read the book). With unintended irony, I impulsively Google searched the book
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    Robert Chang
    Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Cal Newport provided practical advice on how to embrace the philosophy of Digital Minimalism:

    - Spend time alone to gain solitude
    - Leave your phone at home
    - Take long walks
    - Write letters to yourself (journaling)

    - Don't click "likes"
    - Avoid falling into the slot machine feedback loop of likes
    - Consolidate texting
    - hold conversation office hours
    - Reclaiming conversations

    - Reclaim Leisure
    - prioritize demanding leisure activity over pass consumption
    - use skills to produce valuable things in
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    Olga Shatokha
    Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Amazing, life-changing book. My life already became of a much higher quality with new hobbies.
    Ivan
    Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Cal Newport has an uncanny ability to synthesize wide-ranging sources and making a compelling, crisply written case. He does it again in this book. He’s no Luddite and he doesn’t encourage mindless tech adoption but instead argues for what he calls “digital minimalism.” The latter two thirds of the book on “practices” were my favorite parts of the book.
    Tiffany Freeman
    Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Such an important topic to be talking about right now. I feel like a lot of my acquaintances would accuse the author of being a “tech hater,” but I feel like that couldn’t be farther from the truth if you really listen to what he’s claiming. I’m honestly already on board with a lot of the suggestions he shares, so maybe I was an easy sell. But I enjoyed it and my kids even enjoyed the parts I shared with them. Also, it didn’t feel preachy or “self help,” a quality I cannot abide.

    Unexpectedly, i
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    Andriy Rushchak
    Дуже вчасна книжка.

    Почавши із постановки проблеми - Because checking your likes is the new smoking - автор дає конкретні поради, як позбутися сміття в щоденних звичках використання сучасних технологій. Якщо ви відчуваєте тривогу щоразу, як забуваєте свій смартфон вдома, або ловите себе на бажанні перевірити інста, поки купаєте дитину - ця книжка дасть напрямок, де шукати рішення. І ще - вона пояснить, що проблема не у вашій слабкості, а в цілеспрямованому способі створення сучасних сервісів таки
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    Daniel
    Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I am a fan of Newport. So:

    1. Digital technology especially social media has enslaved us. Rather than being just a way to connect with our friends, facebook has mastered the art of the slot machine, giving us random and variable rewards. That has been found to be the most addictive of all; just look at slot machines, the Japanese Pachinko or channel surfing. I totally agree with this.

    2. The only way out is Digital Minimalism. There are many ways to do it:
    2.1. Deleting the mobile facebook app, u
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    Brad Feld
    Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: philosophy
    I wrote a post / review on this at https://feld.com/archives/2019/03/boo...
    Rian Merwe
    Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: non-fiction
    I read this book over the weekend, and it exceeded my expectations. I was a little worried it would just be a re-hashing of his previous book Deep Work, through a slightly different lens, but it’s not that at all. Cal brings in lots of psychology, and provides practical (and pragmatic) recommendations for cultivating a better relationship with technology.

    He also draws heavily from the experience of about 1,600 people who undertook a 30-day “technology declutter” during the research phase for the
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    Seth Thomas
    Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Fresh air

    I feel like I’ve been slowly moving this direction for a couple of years. This book feels like freedom and confirmation that I/we don’t need the steady social media IV drip to survive and thrive.
    Ahmad Moshrif
    Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    يظل هذا الكاتب الرائع (كال نيوبورت) يتحفني بأفكاره البسيطة والعميقة في نفس الوقت. كتابه السابق Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World كان أحد الأعمدة المهمة في بحثي لكتابي الأخير الذي كتبته وهم الإنجاز: كيف يتحرك العامة وماذا يحفزهم، فمع تقدم التكنلوجيا والمعلومات المتخمة المُتاحة للجميع وسهولة الوصول وإيصال ما نريد إيصاله للآخرين، فقد أصبح العامة من الناس يميلون إلى السطحية في تأدية أعمالهم، والسطحية في استثمارهم في علاقاتهم مع الآخرين والمقربين.

    هذا الكتاب جاءني في وقت أعلن
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    Antonio Gallo
    Mi aspettavo molto di più da questo libro. Il "minimalismo" digitale non è altro che quell'acronimo che coniai una ventina di anni fa durante un corso tenuto dall'Università di Londra, "Institute of Education" sul tema "Online Education & Training". Nella dissertazione finale, dopo circa cinque mesi di corso online e a pagamento, ebbi modo di sintetizzare in tre semplici parole quello che l'autore ha esposto nel suo libro: C.A.C. vale a dire "Connection -> Access -> Control". Se decidi ...more
    Kent Winward
    Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    A Millennial professor telling this Baby Boomer how to deal with technology -- well let me tell you little whippersnapper -- I was around for 8-track tapes -- we old timers know a few things about technology and how to use it properly.

    In all seriousness, it raised the question for me that my relationship to new digital media may be different simply because I had a whole lifetime without the tech to prepare me to do naturally what must come hard to digital natives.

    Well, back to the Amazon jungl
    ...more
    Paul
    I talk about this book some in my wrap-up video here: https://youtu.be/c7_ihA6isJg
    Adolfo Neto
    Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This book was much more useful than what I expected. Cal gives you a tough but simple way to get rid of digital distractions but still use technology.
    Ilona
    Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    For a while now I couldn't find a book that would excite me, and this one broke the spell!

    The ideas here are not revolutionary per se, but it's an inspiring overview of the digital existence today.

    It's also a good kick in the ass for those of us who allowed scrolling to outshine living. Might need to make some changes right away.
    Szymon
    Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I participated in Cal Newport's digital declutter experiment in 2018 and really benefited from the experience. So I grabbed a copy of his latest book as soon as possible and quickly read through it. Even if I'm not that addicted to the social aspects of social media, I still got a lot from this book. I think its release is very timely and I hope humanity will have conquered this problem in the next decade.
    Todd
    Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Original Review Here: https://blog.grotenhuis.info/2019/02/...

    # Digital Minimalism: Reference and Review

    [Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World](https://amzn.to/2X9w9bp) by Cal Newport ⭐⭐⭐⭐

    # Premise
    You’ve probably already heard: billions of dollars are spent on psychology and technology to claim as much of your attention as possible, to sell as much advertisement possible. The addictiveness of sites, apps, and phones is not an accident, but rather a result carefully enginee
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    Blake
    Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Great concepts, especially when he gets into the ideas of meaningful things to do instead of using social media. Not sure I can commit to trying it but I did implement some changes.
    Calvin
    Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Not as good as Newport's other stuff, but still a good quick read with actionable advice that's not just "delete Facebook".
    Betsy
    Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: nonfiction
    Newpirt's book is not rocket science, but I have been thinking about these concepts for a while. Newport helped me put words to what's been bothering me. I appreciate his clear, easy to read prose, even if the ideas aren't 100% new. So, it's a 5 star read partly because of the timing surrounding my reading of it.
    Dhruva Kathuria
    Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    A true successor of Deep Work

    I thoroughly enjoyed this anticipated book from Cal Newport. This book builds up on the social media criticism of his previous best seller “Deep Work”. These two books are must a have for anyone looking to lead a productive and satisfying (personal and professional) life.
    Richard Meadows
    Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Maybe you hear a mischievous little voice in your head that whispers ‘jump!’ every time you walk across a bridge, or lean out over a balcony. In a similar way, I have recurring fantasies of shutting down my social media profiles, deleting my website, and generally trying to erase my presence from the Internet.

    And so, I need to read a book called Digital Minimalism like a depressed person needs a lecture on antinatalism.

    Of course, I read it anyway. It’s not often that I’m excited enough about an
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    Cal Newport is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University, and the author most recently of Deep Work, a book which argues that focus is the new I.Q. in the modern workplace, and So Good They Can’t Ignore You, a book which debunks the long-held belief that “follow your passion” is good advice. He has also written three popular books of unconventional advice for students. Hi ...more
    “The tycoons of social media have to stop pretending that they’re friendly nerd gods building a better world and admit they’re just tobacco farmers in T-shirts selling an addictive product to children. Because, let’s face it, checking your “likes” is the new smoking.” 3 likes
    “Digital minimalism definitively does not reject the innovations of the internet age, but instead rejects the way so many people currently engage with these tools.” 1 likes
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