My Review | Digital Minimalism

Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy WorldDigital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I got this book because I do not like how often I am on my phone, mindlessly scrolling. I wanted to learn tips on how to log off on social media, in particular, Twitter had become a problem because scrolling through it was making me angry. So, I got this book. I learned that the book’s author has no social media accounts and has never had them. He repeatedly states that social media offers nothing positive or useful, which I disagree with. I’ve liked how I can connect with people from long ago and/or far away. To be fair he does mention a benefit or two of modern technology. But for every single positive comment there was a thousand negative ones. That’s like someone who has never had a Laughing Lab telling you how bad beer is.

He claims his expertise in this area because he did a big survey of a group of people that helped them lessen their reliance on technology. So because of that experience I decided to continue with the book. I want to lower the amount of time I spent on social. But then he’d something negative about GPS. When he said that you didn’t need GPS, well, that was a bridge too far for me. Are you fucking insane? GPS or The Google Maps Lady is the greatest invention since, I don’t know, probably, fire.

Nevertheless, I finished the book. Here are his two tips on how to use digital less:
Step 1: Use digital less.
Step 2: Take up a hobby, like crocheting or kayaking.

Now that I think of it, I probably should have given this book one star. I mean, I don’t often get pissed at an author.

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