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Digital Minimalism

On Living Better with Less Technology
Written by: Cal Newport
Narrated by: Will Damron
Length: 7 hrs
Categories: Science & Math, Technology
4.5 out of 5 stars (63 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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awesome audiobook for productivity.

awesome narration and with feeling like i am talking with the author and they telling their words.

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Deleted my social media

what a great insight....surely buying this book and giving to my wife.

decultering and following on is essentially important to be human again.

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The idea is the book is convincing..

The book proposed a theory where smartphone users must try to un-glue the gadgets from their hands in order to restore mental stability and attention. The author takes help of multiple studies from present and past to prove his point and some if not all are agreeable propositions. A book is a good one time read...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Mr. T. Smith
  • 17-09-19

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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  • Niall R
  • Ireland
  • 13-09-19

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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  • Tracy Karkut-Law
  • 09-08-19

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-08-19

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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  • Kris
  • 25-06-19

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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  • 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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  • Andrzej Zawadzki @trainwithandre
  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-08-19

Read Deep Work

Not a bad book but it’s not worth reading both this and deep work. Deep work is a better book.

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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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  • kroita
  • 27-08-19

Extremely Happy

This is the only book you will ever need. thank you cal for this awesome book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-08-19

Eye opening

Such an important book. Need to be a mandatory read for all schools and colleges.

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  • Virginia
  • 15-08-19

excellent, life changing content

Highly recommend this insightful and well written book that is full of thought provoking and life changing content. A must read for everyone in this digital age!!

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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 🔥