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Digital Minimalism

On Living Better with Less Technology
Narrated by: Will Damron
Length: 7 hrs
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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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Reconsider how you use technology

Interesting listen. Sometimes a bit vague, but delivers nice starting point to apply concept of digital minimalism and delivers interesting reasons why

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Must have!!!

Thank you very much for this great audiobook. A few years ago I already started to cut my time spent online but with this I got even more ideas what to do in the future.

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a clear guide to live a better digital life. brill

a clear guide to live a better digital life. brill

I'm going to give a copy to everyone I know

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Explains why people are disconnecting

Excellent as always with one minor gripe - the section on Twitter and verified accounts sounds like it was written by a boomer.

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Wisdom and insight for a more meaningful life

This is my second 'listen' from Cal Newport so you can tell I'm a fan already!
I find his philosophy and evidence compelling, and it inspires me in many ways.
I left Facebook a year ago after listening to Deep Work, and I'm no longer on Twitter either. I regularly delete Instagram from my phone. I honestly don't mind.
I especially liked his arguments in favour of using tools in this book. Using our hands instead of manipulating symbols on a screen, that's something we should all be making time for.
Having a better quality leisure life is something I definitely aspire to. With Cal's guidance I hope to see positive changes in the near future.

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Enjoyable listen - plenty of practical tips

I have listened to Deep Work by Cal Newport and enjoyed the use of examples and practical tips which he provides to back up a lot of his points. This is no different. The benefits of life with minimal technology is presented well and put into context with real-life examples and is supported with practices you can include in your life, which I found particularly useful. Definitely give this book a listen if you are interested in minimising the time you spend using technology.

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Look's like Ted Kaczynski was right after all...

Smart and very informative book, raising interesting issues about social network and how we down scrolling our life.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.