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Digital Minimalism

On Living Better with Less Technology
Written by: Cal Newport
Narrated by: Will Damron
Length: 7 hrs
4.5 out of 5 stars (40 ratings)

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Publisher's 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Ben Kepka
  • 06-02-19

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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  • Philippa Turner
  • 20-04-19

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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  • Halimah
  • 17-02-19

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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  • Quentin Black
  • 08-06-19

Eye opening.

Clarified the problem for me, and better yet, offered a practical solution. Interesting read too.

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  • A. Zawadzki
  • London
  • 05-06-19

great book. worth every penny

this was one of the most enjoyable books in the while.clever story telling. very meaningful

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  • OE
  • 15-05-19

Great book, elementary in its concepts

Good book, but what he is saying seems quite obvious to me (perhaps because I am not a big SM user) but really glad he presents not having your life ruled by your phone as a legitimate life choice!

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  • Ismael Gutierrez
  • 12-05-19

A masterpiece

We don't speak enough about the attention economy and the way these corporations manipulate our daily lifes. This book is full of tips, examples and actionable practices that would turn even the fiercest techno-addict into a digital minimalist. Join the "attention" resistance

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  • Mr. S. D. Dowden
  • 07-05-19

very insightful and thought provoking.

I definitely spend too much time on my phone. I'll happily use the advice on this book to maximize my free time.

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  • Marco Troisi
  • 05-05-19

Must read

This book is a must read. It will give you fresh perspectives on how to deal with technology in a healthy way while making the most of it. It refuses to bow down to pressure from society and companies whose business is based on your attention, your time, and your mental health.

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  • Vicki
  • 01-05-19

Loved this Audio Book

Followed the advice for 30 days and feel much less anxious and much more productive. Looking forward to moving forward with a more conscious use of technology.

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  • daniel
  • 03-06-19

Just what I needed

If you’re trapped in the middle of the night scrolling through social media I would recommend giving this book a read.

Cal dives deep into the reasons how social media is impacting us. I use to spend 6hrs on my phone a day, this month I have set my goal to only use it for 1 hour a day, limiting my screen time.

It offered me insight to how minimising social media will add benefits to my life and how it would affect yours positively too.

Overall great book, there are parts that didn’t interest me too much, maybe because I didn’t know the people he was referencing but other than that definitely pick up this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-05-19

Good read

Book is good. You need to listen to it if you are phone addicted or use phone more than you should.

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  • Noor Leena Haniffah
  • 21-05-19

21st century must read

everyone with a smartphone and Instagram account needs to read this book. the attention economy is an important one to know of. these apps may be free, but you're paying a costly price using them!

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  • Sean
  • 11-05-19

An important prompt to rethink all things digital

An important prompt to rethink the way we use digital technology and social media. This has encouraged me to be more intentional with the way I use my time, and the endeavors I pursue.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-04-19

A Must-Read!

This book will empower you to become a technological Ninja! If you follow through with Cals advice you'll discover how to break free from bad habits and mindless surfing to know exactly WHY, HOW & WHEN YOU choose to use technology / social media.

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  • Brenton
  • 17-04-19

Must Have Guide to Contemporary Digital Living

Insight into embracing the best parts of modern technology without losing yourself to the attention economy conglomerates who prey on your human vulnerabilities for their ulterior gains - how to escape the vices of the digital matrix 🔥

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  • phat
  • 24-03-19

Freh and Insightful

This book is very well researched. Cal’s take on social media is quite refreshing and insightful especially on a done to death topic of social media addiction. I have read a few on minimalism and social media but none had been able to sway me the way this book have. Definitely a recommended read.

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  • Dylan
  • 11-03-19

Fantastic

This book opened my eyes to a lot of habits I don’t want in my life thanks Cal Newport

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-02-19

Loved it

Love the ideas of minimising my time spent using digital devices to become more productive.

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  • mark devan
  • 25-02-19

WARNING This book will change your relationship with your smartphone

This is a fantastic book that shows us the dangers of social media and smartphone addiction and how it is robbing us of our most precious resource - our time and attention.
Cal Newport provides practical advice on how to take back control and benefit from new media technologies.