Digital Minimalism: On Living Better with Less Technology
Most of us know that addiction to digital tools is costing us both productivity and peace. But giving them up completely isn't realistic.
We're addicted to texting, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter not because we're stupid or shallow, but because they provide real value in the form of connection, community, affirmation, and information. Instagram is how you see new photos o...more
It's not to say they are bad; just repetitive. Whichever one you read first, you will probably find it rather insightful, while the next two becomes increasingly dull and full of fluff.
My recommendation is to read the synopsis on the back of all three and just pick one to read. There really is no need to read all three. (less)
- 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 ...more
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 ...more
One should always keep in mind that humans are social animals, prone to getting addicted to interacting with each other. Online. 24/7. Until real life (which one was that still...) collapses
Probably the one or the other reader might tend to eat too much sugar, fat, has quit smoking or even worse things like online gaming. In each o ...more
Where we want to be cautious . . . is when the sound of a voice or a cup of coffee with a friend is replaced with ‘likes’ on a post.
Read. This. Book. Have you ever told someone in your life you just didn't have enough time in the day to get everything done? Have you thought about why that is? Maybe look down and see what you've been doing for the last 5, 10 or even 60 minutes. Probably scrolling through your phone. Sometimes with intention but sadly a lot of the time we are on our ph ...more
For a long time, I've felt a sense of disquiet about social media, but the disturbance has become a growing alarm and a deep sadness in recent months. I feel th ...more
I have somewhat complicated feelings on this book. I feel like I need to say these are all just my opinions. Anyway..Through-out there were so many times I was internally screaming "DISABLED PEOPLE EXIST!" and wanting to DNF it. I almost wish I had. There is so much privilege that goes unseen that I wanted to scream. That's not to say I didn't get anything good out of this book, because I did, but it was a chore to wade through the privilege, so much of it I don't have myself, and the preten ...more
Did you know, the internet is addictive! But, it's not like an *actual* drug; you'll get over it if you just set very firm rules and get a new hobby. Like woodworking! Welding! Cross fit!
We desperately need to have nuanced and sophisticated conversations about tec ...more
For a book about minimalism, Cal Newport sure does waste a lot of time and words to say very little. Ironically, this whole book could have been a Twitter thread. He does offer a few tidbits of practical advice, but it's all bogged down by pretentious musings and circular prose.
Basically, Newport suggests the following: Delete your social apps from your phone. Become more intentional with your social media use; that includes being aware of w ...more
Hard not to feel guilty over phone use after reading, probably because I know I waste too much time on it.
Would read this one again to help ingrain the importance of living the minimally digital life.
“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, c ...more
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’ ...more
“Simply put, humans are not wired to be constantly wired.”
I read non-fiction book about the things that constitutes the majority of our lives such as work and sleep. I think social media and our digital presence are also major parts of our lives and I was curious when I saw the title of the book and that’s why I decided to read it.
I wasn’t a big fan of the writing style, nor of the multiple examples that were used and I felt wer ...more
it was interesting to read about how we are hyper-connected and how we are continuously prioritizing communication over reflection. we are having less moments of true solitude, which is causing major shifts in mental health. “humans are not wired to ...more
1. Is the technology I use, contribute to may values?
2. If so, is this the best way to contribute to my values?
3. If so, how can I maximize the benefits of this technology and minimize its harms?
I am now going to make a serious attempt at decluttering my digital life. Tonight I will delete all social media on my phone and take a 30 day break. I feel horr ...more
I was bitterly amused when, six months after I reserved a copy, 'Digital Minimalism' turned up in the library the day before lockdown. Amazing timing. Once my initial desire to read only escapist fiction had abated, however, it suddenly seemed like an ideal read at the m ...more
From his website: "I write about the intersection of digital technology and culture. I’m particularly interested in our struggle to deploy these tools in ways that support instead of sub ...more