Digital Minimalism

Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World

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Publisher Description

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, Vox

Minimalism 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.

Health, Mind & Body
February 5
Penguin Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

robdog151 ,

Pragmatic and Theoretical

Cal does a great job zooming into individual habits and zooming back out to cultural norms without getting lost in space. I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone looking to streamline their relationship with technology.

jusscus ,

Pretty Average…

As a minimalist or self proclaimed I should say, this book offers very basic concepts to reduce the use of technology in a world filled with addicts. You could probably sit with the shares at the end of each chapter and regain your understanding of yourself outside of this technological world or read through or the people, traditions, and actions of others to help you understand what the author is conceptualizing. Above all else it’s worth it if the book is on sale, not worth every penny for a full price version.

Devil Doc Yoda ,

Values over mindless distractions

A short but profound book on the importance of focusing on your values, and the hijacking of this pursuit by digital distractions.

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