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 of your...more
But at the end of the day, both of them are thoroughly enjoyable and fantastic for work ethic. So, really, you can't go wrong.(less)
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 di ...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 demandi ...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 phones becaus/> ...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 gamin ...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 child/>“The ...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
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
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 search ...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. ...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 ...more
Newport casts an enquiring and sceptical eye over our use of social media and addiction to smart phones. The history of social media and how it is engineering to be so compelling was an eye opener. He gives very useful ideas about how we can rebel against the "attention economy". The author stresses the importance of spending time being bored and being ...more
The moment I saw the cover for this book, I knew I had to pick it up. I often find myself overwhelmed by technology. While others seem at ease holding a conversation, scheduling an Uber, and texting 3 different friends, my mind struggles to keep up with one task at a time. I feel strained and exhausted by information overload. I want to be on social media less and in the real world more. Yet, when ten different people are needing ten different things in on ...more
There was some really great stuff in here, though! I loved th ...more
He also draws heavily from the experience of about 1,600 people who undertook a 30-day “technology declutter” during the research p ...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 i ...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 pe ...more
• Delete social media apps from the phone (only have one installed)
• Install apps that limit mobile apps usage (don't find it too useful)
• Downgrade to a dumb phone lik ...more