Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport

March 22, 2021

Use modern tools thoughtfully so they’re not using you.

The theme of this book isn’t shocking, but it’s an urgent message for any modern human being: the internet can consume you if you aren’t mindful and deliberate about how you use it.

Your attention is valuable and there’s a cost to constant connection. Newport offers interesting examples of people that carefully manage technology for their own benefit so it’s not to their detriment. Lots of supporting arguments and research and an actionable digital fast + re-introduction exercise.

I ended up removing Twitter from my phone, purging some tools and minimizing notifications, and buying a cheap digital watch that never needs my attention. Nothing major, but some small and pleasant wins for focus.

Enjoyable read and a compelling case for considering the digital stuff in your life regardless of what you change.