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
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
- 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
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 ...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
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
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 ...more
I want all the benefits Newport outlays, but I'm scared of doing a digital detox. I have a YouTube addiction and I am afraid going cold turkey will highlight to me how empty and unfulfilling my leisure time currently is. And how much I am not spending my hours on ...more
I would recommend this book to anyone, especially to those "addicted" to social media. What I liked the most is that every information presented in the book was linked with a scientific article, or another book, or some study, meaning that they are true and not just some stories about some people who fou ...more
I have come to see this book as some kind of survival guide in the wilderness. Only, surviving means how to make the best of, and you may be inclined to miss that you are in a wilderness, and are being preyed on.
Digital minimalism is a philosophy followed by many in this time ...more
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 ...more
Cal Newport makes many good points but one quote that got me was about how we sometime feel more " important " then we ought to be. That we are so indispensable that we need to be reach at all time or that the world we stop turning we we don't have a constant access to others, particularly our own families . So here is the quote.
" young people, for example, worry that ...more
Unexpectedly, i ...more
"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."
Cal Newport's book is deeply reasonable, pragmatic, and thoughtful in presenting the flaws of our modern attention economy and the harm it can cause to our lives and our well-being.
Rather than a reac ...more
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 ...more
In Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Nosy World Cal intended to make the case for digital minimalism, including a mo ...more
Wished to take a step further and also compare notes. A lot of it - opting for quality communications and avoiding distra ...more