Digital Minimalism

Digital Minimalism

Choosing A Focused Life in A Noisy World

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A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestseller"Newport is making a bid to be the Marie Kondo of technology: someone with an actual plan for helping you realize the digital pursuits that do, and don't, bring value to your life."—Ezra Klein, VoxMinimalism 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.Digital minimalists are all around us. They're the calm, happy people who can hold long conversations without furtive glances at their phones. They can get lost in a good book, a woodworking project, or a leisurely morning run. They can have fun with friends and family without the obsessive urge to document the experience. They stay informed about the news of the day, but don't feel overwhelmed by it. They don't experience "fear of missing out" because they already know which activities provide them meaning and satisfaction.Now, Newport gives us a name for this quiet movement, and makes a persuasive case for its urgency in our tech-saturated world. Common sense tips, like turning off notifications, or occasional rituals like observing a digital sabbath, don't go far enough in helping us take back control of our technological lives, and attempts to unplug completely are complicated by the demands of family, friends and work. What we need instead is a thoughtful method to decide what tools to use, for what purposes, and under what conditions.Drawing on a diverse array of real-life examples, from Amish farmers to harried parents to Silicon Valley programmers, Newport identifies the common practices of digital minimalists and the ideas that underpin them. He shows how digital minimalists are rethinking their relationship to social media, rediscovering the pleasures of the offline world, and reconnecting with their inner selves through regular periods of solitude. He then shares strategies for integrating these practices into your life, starting with a thirty-day "digital declutter" process that has already helped thousands feel less overwhelmed and more in control.Technology is intrinsically neither good nor bad. The key is using it to support your goals and values, rather than letting it use you. This book shows the way.
Publisher: 2019
ISBN: 9780525536543
Branch Call Number: OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Overdrive, Inc

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qianhaha
Sep 23, 2020

Outstanding read. In a world where a large majority of people have access to technology, addiction, and low-quality entertainment are common. This book provides reasons why quitting technology or at least quitting some aspects might be the smart move to make. If you really examine the time you spend on social media a day, it might near two or three hours. That's probably all wasted. Did you learn anything significant? Though the last 50 pages are a bit repetitive, this book is absolutely a must-read for anybody over the age of eleven.
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majchrismo
Jul 27, 2020

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avidFVreader
Jun 06, 2020

How to better manage your time - digital declutter, solitude, reclaiming leisure. "All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone" - Blaise Pascal, 17th century. Recommended reading!

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janderson2006
Feb 29, 2020

One of the best books I’ve read in a long time, I now want to read ALL of Cal Newport’s stuff. Practical, well written, intelligent, and potentially life changing.

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Prettzles
Jan 09, 2020

If you are feeling overwhelmed with anxiety due to having to be "on-call" for your friends and family, this book is a good resource for learning how to set boundaries in a pragmatic fashion. It's a quick read.

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TetianaTaran
Dec 11, 2019

My husband recommended this book to me. After reading it he ditched majority of social media interactions in his life and became more present in real life.
We need the information in this book to understand that we are addicted to social media, our anxiety grows and life in general is not better because of it.
I highly recommend this book to everyone!

apollospacefan Sep 01, 2019

Author Cal Newport is not a technology luddite. As an associate professor of computer science, computers define his work life, yet he advocates for more thoughtful, defined use of technology in our lives.

The bulk of this book is meant to provide data and theory so that you may personally define your own goals. The author cites google insiders who reveal social media addiction techniques. The harmless college nerd creating a fun social platform is no longer. Next, the author dives into brain scan data. PET brain scan data has discovered our default mode is to "automatically practice social thinking during any moments of cognitive downtime". We're meant to be social, but does socializing online meet our needs? The author argues not if it's without forethought and intentional goals. Finally, readers are reminded of the value of solitude in our creative potential. Without uninterrupted time to be alone with our thoughts, we're missing out on deeply satisfying activities and thoughts = happiness!

It isn't until the end of the book that the author gives concrete suggestions towards minimizing your digital world. If i had to have one critique about this book, it is that readers wanting such suggestions are only given a handful. Many more suggestions would be helpful.

kristina_rad Jun 21, 2019

Life changing already! (and I have a hundred more pages to go)

I think this should be a compulsory read for everyone who uses technology. The writer is a professor of computer science so he is by no measure anti tech, Newport is pro intentional living. As I read this book, I'm inspired to have more moments of solitude and reflection, as well as a few days a week when I forget my phone at home. Many insights and idea's for creating more meaningful connections with ourselves and the people in our lives.

If you don't have time to read the book, give this Rich Roll podcast a listen, many digital minimalism practices are discussed.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9L-Uoo4VrIk

mazinwhistler Jun 03, 2019

I have been embracing the Minimalism movement so this book came out at just the right time for me! I really enjoyed Newport's writing and his practical suggestions on ways to embrace 'Digital Minimalism' and focus on what is really important. My three biggest takeaways were: enjoy SOLITUDE, seek LEISURE activities that require social interactions (join a club, catch up with a friend, start a new sport, etc..) and CREATE using your hands (eg. build, cook, garden etc...).

I have even got my husband to be interested in this book and he is now on hold for it! :-)

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sandraperkins
Apr 27, 2019

Lots of people feel that technology and screens are taking over their lives. Many people spend hours every day staring at screens. They feel exhausted and stressed. Their attention is constantly being distracted in multiple directions. The technological tools they use are addictive (often by design). People feel inadequate and depressed. Emotions are manipulated by constant online activity; people experience anger and outrage regularly.

The premise of Digital Minimalism is that people will be happier and more successful if they reduce their use of technology tools and focus on a small number of high value activities. This book tells us how to do that.

Mr. Newport tells us right up front that the goal of this book is to make the case for digital minimalism, including an explanation of how and why it works, and then teach us how to adopt this philosophy if it is right for each of us.

Part 1 explains why today’s technology tools are making our lives miserable, and then explains how digital minimalism can help solve these problems. He then proposes that we do a “digital declutter”—stepping away from optional online activities and devices for 30 days. This gives us the opportunity to wean ourselves from the cycles of addiction that today’s technological tools can instill, and rediscover analog activities that bring greater satisfaction: taking walks, talking to friends and family in person, engaging your community, reading books, and staring at the clouds. This provides an opportunity to understand and decide what we value most. At the end of 30 days, we can select a small number of tech tools to add back in, because we believe they will enhance the activities and values we think are most important. And we can leave the rest behind.

Part 2 examines ideas that will help us cultivate a sustainable digital minimalism lifestyle; for example, the author discusses the value of solitude and the necessity of cultivating high quality leisure activities to replace the time spent on mindless devise use. (This part of the book reminded me of the book Rest.) He suggests numerous tools and ideas we can use to achieve digital minimalism that will work for each of us, so we can each strike the balance that works for us.

This is a very helpful, practical book. I also highly recommend The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr. Mr. Newport's book Deep Work is also very excellent.

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