Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport

Digital Minimalism

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 conversatio...


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TitleDigital Minimalism
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Release DateFeb 5th, 2019
PublisherPortfolio
GenreNonfiction, Self Help, Productivity, Science, Technology, Psychology, Personal Development
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  • Carl Rannaberg
    2019-02-09
    I badly wanted to like this book. I really did. Because I have very much enjoyed other books by Cal Newport: So Good That They Can’t Ignore You and Deep Work. Both have inspired me a lot and I have recommended these to others in many occasions.This book was way below my expectations. I'm afraid it’s not the book, it’s me. The practical value for me was minimal as I have already implemented a lot of things he proposes in the book.As Cal Newp...
  • Robert Chang
    2019-02-23
    Cal Newport provided practical advice on how to embrace the philosophy of Digital Minimalism:- Spend time alone to gain solitude - Leave your phone at home - Take long walks - Write letters to yourself (journaling)- Don't click "likes" - Avoid falling into the slot machine feedback loop of likes - Consolidate texting - hold conversation office hours - Reclaiming conversations- Reclaim Leisure - prioritize demanding leisure activity over pass cons...
  • Cindy Pham
    2019-07-22
    3.5 stars. I appreciate the thesis that by choosing to minimize technology in our day-to-day lives, we're choosing to be more deliberate with how we spend our time. I liked some of the advice to consolidate texting, hold conversation office hours, and in general, choose to be more purposeful with what energy we give to reacting to others. I think this book would have been stronger if he provided research to this points rather than random anecdote...
  • Meredith B. (readingwithmere)
    2019-07-17
    5 Stars! Where we want to be cautious . . . is when the sound of a voice or a cup of coffee with a friend is replaced with ‘likes’ on a post. Read. This. Book. Have you ever told someone in your life you just didn't have enough time in the day to get everything done? Have you thought about why that is? Maybe look down and see what you've been doing for the last 5, 10 or even 60 minutes. Probably scrolling through your phone. Sometimes with in...
  • K.J. Dell'Antonia
    2019-01-31
    I've been thinking a lot these days about making more deliberate tech choices. No one human--not even Steve Jobs--ever expected technology to invade our lives the way it has. Instead, keeping us tethered to our tech and pulling that lever became the most popular and obvious way to monetize the Internet, and we individuals became, not the consumers, but the product being sold. And instead of cutting ourselves some slack--billions of dollars have b...
  • Mehrsa
    2019-02-13
    I like the idea in here--less is more. We do not need all the apps and the social platforms. He's definitely talking to someone like me here. I am not a huge consumer of these platforms (mostly this is age-related). However, I listened to his book using audible and some apps have really helped me expand my mind (meditation apps and audible are two). There is no room in Newport's framework for using smartphones in a good way. He's sort of an intel...
  • Laura Noggle
    2019-05-23
    Deleted Facebook and Facebook messenger off my phone thanks to this book!Hard not to feel guilty over phone use after reading, probably because I know I waste too much time on it.Would read this one again to help ingrain the importance of living the minimally digital life.“The tycoons of social media have to stop pretending that they’re friendly nerd gods building a better world and admit they’re just tobacco farmers in T-shirts selling an ...
  • Kate ☀️ Olson
    2019-02-19
    If you are ready to make radical changes in your approach to tech in your life, this book is for you. It has been life altering in the best possible ways for me. I’m noticing that the people who aren’t ready to make changes tend to get defensive and call Newport a Luddite 🤷🏼♀However, if you almost never use your phone except for making phone calls or don’t use social media, you can probably skip it. Or if you’ve already read other...
  • Kate
    2019-02-08
    Cal Newport’s Digital Minimalism is Marie Kondo’s tidying philosophy applied to technology: technology isn’t inherently bad or good, but it should be judiciously curated to fit your pre-existing values of what constitutes a good life. Rather than going to Facebook or Instagram or a news feed of breaking news to find human connection and entertainment, pre-decide what you value in the spheres of entertainment and connection and then tailor t...
  • verysadturtle
    2019-02-15
    The author of this book is a prime example of how one can be very successful, and at the same time incredibly unimaginative.When the title caught my attention at a bookstore, I had been feeling for a long time that my own consumption of digital content has gotten out of hand. “This looks like something you should read,” said one of the better angels of my nature (brace for many Abraham Lincoln stories if you decide to read the book). With uni...
  • Madeleine (Top Shelf Text)
    2019-03-24
    Such an important work of non-fiction for anyone who would like to evaluate their relationship with social media. I loved this book -- it spurred me to take a 30-day break from Instagram, and I look forward to re-reading it in the future to keep me thinking about the role of social media and general technology in my life!
  • Luke Bacich
    2019-02-05
    Deep work (Cal's previous book) is my favourite book; it overhauled how I stay focused during the work day in an age of distraction. Digital Minimalism is the perfect sequel. Digital Minimalism removes low impact distractions from your personal life in search of meaningful high quality analogue activities. Between the two books your work and personal life are covered. You come away a far more present and content with your life.
  • Tanja Berg
    2019-03-31
    I picked this book up on a whim at Helsinki airport a week ago. For a few months, I've been trying unsuccessfully to reduce the amount of time I spend browsing social media on my phone. The screen time report has been dismal reading. I also realize that when I am tired after a long day at the office, my capacity to resist is next to nil.I am now going to make a serious attempt at decluttering my digital life. Tonight I will delete all social medi...
  • Emma Sea
    2019-03-29
    "'Likes' are poison to your attempts to cultivate a meaningful social life. . . . don't click 'like. Ever . . . Don't click and don't comment. This basic stricture will radically change for the better how you maintain your social life."I want all the benefits Newport outlays, but I'm scared of doing a digital detox. I have a YouTube addiction and I am afraid going cold turkey will highlight to me how empty and unfulfilling my leisure time current...
  • Viv JM
    2019-07-15
    There seems a certain irony in the fact that I read this on an electronic device and am reviewing it on a social media site...ho hum.Newport casts an enquiring and sceptical eye over our use of social media and addiction to smart phones. The history of social media and how it is engineering to be so compelling was an eye opener. He gives very useful ideas about how we can rebel against the "attention economy". The author stresses the importance o...
  • Ashley
    2019-06-18
    Reviewed on: Ashes Books & Bobs.The moment I saw the cover for this book, I knew I had to pick it up. I often find myself overwhelmed by technology. While others seem at ease holding a conversation, scheduling an Uber, and texting 3 different friends, my mind struggles to keep up with one task at a time. I feel strained and exhausted by information overload. I want to be on social media less and in the real world more. Yet, when ten different peo...
  • Justin Weiss
    2019-07-23
    I liked this a lot better than I expected to. A few years ago I made a real effort to more intentionally use social media and online news, moving toward more of an "I find it" vs "it finds me," and really heavily restricting what comes into my brain. It was _amazing_, really changed my mood and my attitude. So I was expecting this to be a rehash of what I had already bought into, along with the typical 200 pages of padding.There was some really g...
  • Rian Merwe
    2019-02-11
    I read this book over the weekend, and it exceeded my expectations. I was a little worried it would just be a re-hashing of his previous book Deep Work, through a slightly different lens, but it’s not that at all. Cal brings in lots of psychology, and provides practical (and pragmatic) recommendations for cultivating a better relationship with technology.He also draws heavily from the experience of about 1,600 people who undertook a 30-day “t...
  • Nicholas Kotar
    2019-04-12
    All I'm going to say is:READ THIS BOOK!I have joined the attention resistance movement. I am now a digital minimalist. And let me tell you, my quality of life has improved exponentially. Do it, people!
  • Anne ✨
    2019-06-07
    I found this book insightful - it's important conversation that we need to have with ourselves to take more conscious control over the degree to which we allow our digital devices to suck up our time. Newport provides some helpful concrete changes that make a lot of sense!
  • Heather
    2019-03-09
    I continue to wonder if Newport ever bears primary caregiving duties for anyone.
  • Amine
    2019-06-02
    For starters, I recommend this book to anyone struggling with this fast noisy age of information and social media we live in today, that is, I recommend this book to almost anyone, but especially to people of my generation.I have come to see this book as some kind of survival guide in the wilderness. Only, surviving means how to make the best of, and you may be inclined to miss that you are in a wilderness, and are being preyed on.Digital minimal...
  • Goce Cvetanov
    2019-04-06
    Since I already kind of have a few principles on using social media and digital devices, this book helped me confirm my principles and maybe even nudged me to think about these topics a bit more.I would recommend this book to anyone, especially to those "addicted" to social media. What I liked the most is that every information presented in the book was linked with a scientific article, or another book, or some study, meaning that they are true a...
  • Milan
    2019-08-16
    There is nothing path-breaking in this book by Cal Newport. Most of the stuff he mentions I’m already aware of. The hard part is implementing it. The good part is – it is all collected together in a book. The basic idea is – less is more. But that is true for most things in life. A few points from the book:• Delete social media apps from the phone (only have one installed)• Install apps that limit mobile apps usage (don't find it too us...
  • Sudheendra Fadnis
    2019-03-27
    Another master piece from Cal Newport. While the book Deep Work stresses on how to thrive professionally, this one is all about how to flourish in our personal lives through discretionary use of social media. We should be the masters of the technology we use, and not the other way around. We live in an age of dramatic distractions , which is driven by the attention merchants such as Facebook, Instagram , Twitter etc.Now a these days one's attenti...
  • Vanessa
    2019-06-04
    I thoroughly enjoyed this. It's the first time in a while that I've read a non-fiction text that deals with minimising digital life but actually finds new and fresh ways to suggest how to make changes. The inclusion of everyday people and their experiences with Newport's steps really helped bring a more practical, realistic nature to the book. I also liked the fact that this didn't completely demonise social media in the same way other books can ...
  • Renee
    2019-04-13
    This was a good quick read. Nothing that was a big revelation, we all know how easily technologies gets a hold and a grip on us. Cal Newport makes many good points but one quote that got me was about how we sometime feel more " important " then we ought to be. That we are so indispensable that we need to be reach at all time or that the world we stop turning we we don't have a constant access to others, particularly our own families . So here is ...
  • Ivan
    2019-01-17
    Cal Newport has an uncanny ability to synthesize wide-ranging sources and making a compelling, crisply written case. He does it again in this book. He’s no Luddite and he doesn’t encourage mindless tech adoption but instead argues for what he calls “digital minimalism.” The latter two thirds of the book on “practices” were my favorite parts of the book.