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Goodbye Phone, Hello World: 65 Ways to Disconnect from Tech and Reconnect to Joy

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This book is not a phone! Goodbye Phone, Hello World features 65 bite-size, device-free activities scientifically proven to promote true happiness.

With wit, wisdom, and warmth, bestselling author Paul Greenberg presents practices for connection, mindfulness, conversation, creativity, and well-being.

Reconnect to life's enduring pleasures: friendship, family, romance, laugh
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published November 10th 2020 by Chronicle Books
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Paul Greenberg
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
"These are wise words,
enterprising men quote 'em
Don't act surprised, you guys,
'cause I wrote 'em."

(sorry I couldn't help quoting Hamilton when Goodreads asked me to review my own book)
Ivonne Rovira
Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone with a phone addiction -- which means every adult
Recommended to Ivonne by: NetGalley
The Amish aside, we’re all way too connected to our smartphones and way too dismissive of the real world. Author Paul Greenberg begins the book with a quote from the Vietnamese Buddhist sage Thich Nhat Hanh, “Life is available only in the present moment.” How many “present moments” do we miss by checking email, tweeting, “liking” on Facebook or becoming more involved with a celebrity’s family on Instagram than our own?

Greenberg confesses that, like the average American, he’d spent a little less
Breny and Books
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Amazing book filled with so many cool facts that will make you wake up and begin to change things in your life. This book confronts you with the real truth about tech, backed up with scientific research and useful little and drastic things you can do to improve not only your health but restore the connection with humans you love around you. Even though there were some eastern practices that I'm not in favor of, you can easily implement all the other ones and strife for a tech-free life that will ...more
Seema Rao
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I adored this book. It's got a strange simplicity that makes it ever the more impactful. There are simple observations about how memory and action have changed after smart phones. As someone who lived so long without one, and now can't remember that existence, this was a particularly important reminder to disconnect. The layout and the illustrations really add to the power of the book. This is one that surprises you. I'm excited to own a copy to keep on my bedside table. ...more
Kelli Wilson
May 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Quick and easy read. Offers simple advice to make small changes in your life to not be fully dependent on technology in every aspect. A good read for everyone!

Thank you to Chronicle Books via NetGalley for providing the digital reader copy.
Amit Verma
Jun 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
An epidemic is silent and generally harmful to masses. It slowly harms from inside leaving many hollow souls.
Digital addiction is such epidemic. No one is spared and people are hopelessly addicted to their smartphones.
This is a beautiful Book. Book formatting is wonderful. A clean and soothing page appears after every page.
Author discusses various things that humans can do to set themselves free.
He himself went to the extent that he bought a flip phone.
A very good book which is easy on mind. It
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was ok
Bought on a whim after an article promoted by the Medium algorithm suggested it - the irony isn’t lost on me - Goodbye Phone, Hello World is a book I was more excited about reading than I was by the time I had finished it.

I tried my best to silence the voices in the back of my head telling me it’s gonna be some musings akin to “THAT’S LIKE BLACK MIRROR” in a news article comment section. Granted, there were some morsels from this book that I’m gonna try out specifically when it comes to using my
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was available to read now rather than request or wish for it so I thought why not? Just to make you aware it is not available to download to your kindle device.

This was such an interesting and some what scary read!

I know myself, that I am on my phone way to much. I sound old saying this but I'm grateful that phones weren't really around during my day. I remember having fun and making memories but most importantly I remember being STRESS FREE.

I got my first phone when I was around 12 and th
Matthew Greenberg
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Though a relatively short book, GOODBYE PHONE, HELLO WORLD packs an unexpectedly powerful and emotional punch. For me it was simultaneously an easy read, a difficult chore and a necessary exercise.

A GOOD READ: the author’s style is concise, fluid and articulate. Intelligent observations there are aplenty, but what really makes this work engaging is how much it seems to come from the heart. The author makes the personal stakes known right off the bat with a painful confession: how time spent on
Ruth J
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a fabulous little book that gives ideas, examples and inspiration for how to spend time that would other wise be spent scrolling on our devices.

The opening pages where the author adds up the time spent on our phones and the equivalent that we have lost really hits hard, especially where he talks about the time he has missed out on with his son. As a parent, I am guilty of sneaking a peek at social media when my son is occupied with something but seeing the time added up like that really
Prajakta | dancingbibliophile
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
The book talks about the way in which technology has engulfed our lives on a large scale. It does so by providing scientific basis in a lucid format does making us realise its enormity. This is followed by numerous, simple yet effective tools for utilising the time which we will get at our hands if we stop using our phones the amounts we do currently. The phone addiction is increasing tremendously and the numbers are staggering. It's important to do something for getting over it but isn't that e ...more
Eduardo Santiago
Nov 23, 2020 rated it liked it
An appropriate quick read on Thanksgiving week. It hit me hard, although probably not as the author intended: it reminded me of how damn fortunate I am.

I am thankful for trails and dirt and wilderness all around me. For clear night skies and the opportunity to stargaze. For windows through which to watch birds and clouds during the day. For flesh-and-blood humans whom I love and who love me. For my regular yoga and meditation practices. For good sleep. For never having had children. For books. E
Jun 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the early review copy. I must say, though, that experiencing this book as an e-galley when it so frequently extolls the virtues of paper and hard copy, feels off.

The author has structured this book as a bit of a laundry list, and it's up to the reader to see what will resonate and stick. There are some true soundbites that give one reason to pause, reflect, or research - and then a lot that just feels like a regurgitation of facts and quotes from else
Kelly Long
May 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing this book in exchange for an honest review.
This short and to the point book offers ideas on how to disconnect from your electronic devices and get back to focusing on what really matters in life. The author pulls information from other books and research, which will be beneficial to the average reader. I think I have read too many books on this subject recently so a lot of this was repeat information. Overall, this is a pretty good book.
alexa (travelingreads)
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 4.5 stars.

This was such an informative, inspiring and easy read. Paul Greenberg opens the book with a strong opening about how he came to quit his smartphone and then continued on with evidence from various resources supporting the suggestion to drop the smartphone.

The practices at the end of every segment were amazing and easy to practice. The formatting of the beginning of each chapter was clever. Overall an enjoyable read!
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fast read discussing an important topic nowadays. The false busy we deceive ourselves with and the mad need to be always connected depriving ourselves from privacy and precious real time living.
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Okay, I loved this book. I admit I'm not a fan of non-fiction and self-help books but this one was amazingly written with emotions, self experience, and a lot of facts packed in it.
I haven't been able to finish self-help/non-fiction books before, they just don't sit right with me. But this one had my attention even before the first chapter started.
I liked how the author explained his point using facts and practices on the same. The practices are very easy to cultivate in your daily life and may
Robert LaValva
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Paul Greenberg's latest book is among the more valuable present you can give to someone you care about (especially yourself). That’s because it will teach, and perhaps even convince you, how to reclaim the four hours per day that as average Americans we spend looking at our smartphones. Four hours per day equates to two months out of every year, or two whole years out of every twelve years – a significant figure because the author begins thinking about the impact of owning a smartphone when his ...more
Too Many
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book -- made me pause and think about how I'm organizing my life in relationship to my phone (and made me want to throw my phone out the window). Worth your time. ...more
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Sean Barrett
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Like a right-handed boxer who suddenly debuts as a skilled southpaw in a title fight, Greenberg has completely revolutionized his historical writing style and deftly penned a short, fast and illuminating version of Life’s Little Instruction Book for the digital age. This writer’s journey to finding beauty and peace and contentment through a simpler and more intentional way of life is presented here in a ‘let’s-get-back-to-basics manifesto’ that extracts wisdom from the ages and applies it perfec ...more
Mervyn Kaufman
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It was almost a ritual, not long ago: Every day, just
after 3 p.m., our city buses and subways were choked with
youngsters traveling home from school. Their exuberance and
release of pent-up energy turned our transit system into
a sustained recess. And then. . . it stopped. What happened?
The kids boarded, took out their phones and poured their
energy into texting.

They were not the only ones, of course. People walking
their dogs, buying groceries, sitting in theaters or concert
halls, even having me
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
‘Goodbye Phone, Hello world’ explains what to do with all those newfound hours you suddenly get when you ditch screen time and why you should do it in the first place.

I am a phone addict, I admit it. I often go through phases in which I reduce phone usage to a minimum, get a a lot done and then slowly bad habits start to creep back in until I feel its too much and I cut down again. ‘Goodbye Phone, hello world’ was useful reminder explaining what you could do if you don’t spend your days glued t
Salvatore Wine
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I recommend this book. It's short and sweet and gets to the heart of a culture problem. This book helps us open our minds. The author Paul Greenberg is trying to understand why smartphones are taking over humanity. The question can show many answers according to different perspectives. There are a lot of numbers/facts in this book and it's all about what you lose if you get addicted to your cell phone. It's something we do naturally, not counting the time spent. One of the suggestions that the a ...more
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I want to frame every illustration in this book! Gorgeous. It's a reflection on the state of American existence told in a poignant way that really hits home. It made me think about the things we are losing: memorizing, re-reading, letters. I would definitely recommend this book, also the format is refreshing and just a pleasure to read. ...more
Amit Misra
Jan 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Good Bye Phone is about how we are losing out on our lives, our own interests, in small small bits and pieces, for the sake of something which is not even worth it. The focus of the whole book is to convey the urgency to get rid of smartphone addiction. In the first few pages of the book, the writer highlights the various ways in which smartphone is robbing you of your life. And remember that he is not just talking about the effect on your health or effect on your relationships. He tells you how ...more
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was a breath of fresh air as it presented the problem: distraction from living life to the fullest. Identified the root of the issue: technology overuse. And continued to provide a method to free ourselves from the chains technology, unfortunately, sometimes traps us in. I think I especially appreciated reading this book right now because I am 19 weeks pregnant with our first child and reading about the author's interactions, or lack of, with his own son was a wake-up call to both myse ...more
Erica Cirino
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
We'd be able to do, think and experience so much more in life, if we could just put down our smartphones. That's according to author Paul Greenberg, who, in his latest book, provides us with insight into why we should spend less (or no) time on these devices designed to divert our attention from actually living. Written from the perspective of a father whose son was born a year before the "birth" of the iPhone, Greenberg expertly weaves the themes of human psychology, philosophy, technology, cap ...more
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Paul Greenberg is a beautiful writer who always challenges the reader to think about difficult modern issues and then act upon what one learns from him. In his latest, Paul urges us to transition from being played by technology and move in to ourselves. After World War II, in his classic work, Jacques Ellul, the French social commentator and philosopher, warned us about the dangers of "Technological Man." Most likely, Ellul could not have conceived of how far we have "evolved" in to the so-calle ...more
Katie Baldwin
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was delighted and absorbed by this book's charming, intelligent yet non-judgmental way of talking about our culture's addiction to technology. I enjoyed Paul Greenberg's forays into philosophy and anecdote to illustrate his points about how we can live in the modern world and still retain our ability to focus, dream, imagine and be present for ourselves and others. The writing has a graceful humor and profundity and Emiliano Ponzi's illustrations are superb. I cannot wait to get my hands on th ...more
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Paul Greenberg is the New York Times bestselling author of Four Fish, American Catch, The Omega Principle and Goodbye Phone, Hello World. A regular contributor to the Times and many other publications, Mr. Greenberg is the winner of a James Beard Award for Writing and Literature, a Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation and the writer-in-residence at the Safina Center. He has been featured on Fresh Air ...more

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