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Digital Minimalism

On Living Better with Less Technology
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Summary

Listen to Digital Minimalism and you'll never again mindlessly sacrifice your productivity to clickbait or lose 40 minutes of your evening to your Instagram feed.  

In this timely and enlightening audiobook, Cal Newport 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 have fun with friends and family and eat out at restaurants without the obsessive urge to document the experience.... 

Now, Newport gives us a name for this quiet movement and makes a case for its urgency in our tech-saturated world. 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.   

Digital Minimalism will teach you how to rethink your relationship to social media and rediscover the pleasures of the offline world. It'll help you implement a 30-day 'digital declutter' process, making sure you're in control of your tech and not the other way around.   

©2019 Cal Newport (P)2019 Penguin Books Ltd

Critic reviews

"An urgent call to action for anyone serious about being in command of their own life." (Ryan Holiday) 

"Cal's call for meaningful and engaged interactions is just what the world needs right now." (Daniel Levitin, author of The Organised Mind)

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Thought Provoking; Shame About The Narrator

This is a very interesting read, and has prompted me to delete social media apps from my phone. The summary of the ways in which social media use the mechanisms of gambling/slot machines and ‘hack our brains’ is an arresting one, and is impactful. The ‘practices’ (exercises) are do-able. This is let down by the narrator (not Cal Newport), who is quite mechanistic, although my main criticism is his way of narrating quotes by women. The change in tone is unnecessary and sounds incredibly patronising.

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Essential Reading for Everyone with a Smartphone!

This is my first review, and it's not going to be a long one. Simply put, this book outlines exactly why you need to take stock of your phone use and how to do it. You'll learn to uncover the beauty of full focus and concentration. Something most people struggle with these days. We are living in a distracted world, where 100% uninderupted thought is almost something of the past. It is possible to gain control again and break the addiction! Digital Minimalisim should be required reading for everyone with a smartphone in 2019. Thanks Cal!

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Enjoyable listen, implemented a few things already

Finished it within a week and implemented a few practical tips with good effect- filling social media/ TV time with activities that bring me joy e.g. long walks- so good for figuring out problems I'm worried about; making a meal for family; hoping to try cross fit and potentially mouse book club with time. Feeling so much better, thanks Cal Newport for a balanced approach:)

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Good principles, nothing ground-breaking

Coming from the millennials generation myself and genuinely not best pleased with the amount of screen-time I found myself having, I sought out better ways to balance my time between screens and the real world. I found myself hating that when out on walks, people I walked with were more bothered about grabbing for their phone at the first chance of a fantastic sunset photograph to upload to Instagram, than rather taking a second to take in that scene for themselves. That led me to come across this book. I'll be completely honest, although the principles are good and sound, there's nothing exactly ground-breaking in what Cal is offering with ways to decrease time. In short, be more mindful of how long you spend on devices, social media and plan for more real world activities. Understand the trends and manipulation forced on you by these devices and companies and rely on your own willpower, over time you will become more digitally minimalist if you want it enough. Other than these principles, the stories within the book can be used to inspire you to know you aren't alone and digital minimalism is achievable.

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  • LJ
  • 24-07-20

Thought provoking

Really interesting read and very thought provoking. Has inspired me to have a "digital fast" next month. The narrator sounds a bit like a computer generated voice at first, but he's easy to get used to!

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another awesome book

came for me at the right time. stopped listening to news. massively reduced my social media consumption am closer to doing great work

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  • 14-06-20

Best life improvement book ever.

Best life improvement book ever, worth a listen. Covers many aspects of how you can improve general life quality and overall leisure.

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Worth a listen

I stumbled upon a video on YouTube which was all about getting rid of all social media for 30 days. The video referenced and recommended this audio-book as inspiration to why one would remove social media from their lives. Since listening to this I no longer feel compelled to keep myself updated with what everyone else is doing, and have successfully avoided social media for a total of 2 weeks. Anyone who's in a similar situation as I am, I recommend you listen to this. As there were a quite a few pieces of advice that I will use in the future.

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worth a listen

if you are interested in listening to the book you probably instinctively know much of what is said but it is inspiring to here it said and has lead me to take action. This is the only comment I'll be leaving anywhere for a while! one done side is reader's attempt to do women's voices. Better if they were read straight.

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Good, practical, but nothing new

These are good ideas, but they don't bring a lot new. For half a dozen years these points are being made. Newport himself made them popular before his *previous* book, Deep Work, came out. Whereas Deep Work was about re-using your time (from being a digital minimalist) to focus on work, this book is more open ended about what you do with extra time. Newport seems to have found a niche market and is repeating himself. IF you have one, don't bother with the other.

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  • Herman Freysen
  • 20-05-19

Import message in these times

Do not trust that social media is there to serve you and improve your happiness.

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  • Mayur
  • 26-09-19

Don't lose tech... Use tech in a better way !

Book tells us that "Technology is an incredible innovation that enabled us to live best life than any other human lived in the history. But we shouldn't get in trap of attention economy to waste our precious time. Instead we should use it to experience things that we deeply value.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-08-20

THANK YOU CAL!

Every book you write is progressively better and more informative than the last. I will be re-listening to this more often. Thank you so much!

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  • Shayhum Aboosalih
  • 05-04-20

An added pdf would be nice

An added pdf would be nice, like the bibliography in Deep Work. Great Book!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-01-20

Practical Advices to be a digital make minimalist

This book is definitely an eye opener to think about our digital activities. Cal provided practical advices on how to embrace the digital minimalism. This book asked me the question of the real use of social media.

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  • Ori
  • 10-01-20

Reaffirmed decisions and feelings I had already

I always had a feeling that social media platforms are wasting my time, and even sometimes asked myself, after scrolling a lot "what am I doing?". The book breaks down in great detail how the attention economy we grew to know, skyrocketed with social media platforms to the point that our time and attention is literally being robbed by mindless scrolling and empty, emotional shock value videos or posts. Great read, taught me how to use social media with intent to empower the things that important to me. Reminds me of the book easy way to quit smoking by allen carr, as it points out all the behaviors, rationalization and excusing we put out, to keep using, instead of regaining control and realizing the truth.

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  • Nadhrah Athirah
  • 10-10-19

My thoughts

Love it. I've been trying to cut down my social media use, especially. I've been trying to practice some of it, i hope it works well (it is for at least one week while listening to this audiobook). Very inspiring. Thank you! Also this is my first audiobook ever, and so far i've been looking forward for more.

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  • Kiyaga Raymond
  • 17-06-19

Quite enlightening

Carl’s new book highlights the dangers of modern tools that affect our instincts to socialise. He highlights ways in which one can battle them and shows you how to be vigilant.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-04-19

exactly what I needed, when I needed it!

As good and helpful as Deep Work. Especially helpful and enlightening for people like me since I work online and have to be connected more than I like. Easier said than done, yes, but Cal outlines practical steps that we all can follow to take back control over our lives.

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  • Harry B.
  • 11-11-19

Some valuable strategies drags on.

This book began well by really breaking down the problem and giving useful strategies for overcoming it, however began to drag on and ironically lost focus in the second half, blaming tech for things such as the rise of teen anxiety with little to no evidence. Ultimately, while I think there is a lot of wisdom in this book, it's quite possibility an overcorrection that blames tech for too much. I personally think technology is revealing humanities shortcomings rather than creating them.