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Digital Minimalism

On Living Better with Less Technology
Narrated by: Will Damron
Length: 7 hrs
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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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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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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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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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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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Loved it

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

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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.

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A must read for any busy person!

take back control of your life. a practical and compelling book. You will find so many nuggets of wisdom here

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Required listening

Pay full attention; don't just keep this in the background.

Make this the last audiobook you listen to. Your humanity just may depend on it.

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An important work

A well written and argued work that will help you to rethink your relationship with the digital world.

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Far more than you'd think

The combination of philosophical, sociological and personal reflections make this so much more than an instructional guide on how to minimise your technology use. The allusions to literary and historical figures make this such an engaging read... I just couldn't put it down!

I have permanently deleted my Facebook and Instagram accounts, and not looked back once.

Thanks for this one Cal. It's a game changer!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-04-2019

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
  • 06-02-2019

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
  • 20-04-2019

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
  • 17-02-2019

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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  • Maram
  • 01-04-2019

“Your time is their money”

This book is a great start for organizing one’s life and time, focusing on what actually matters and being mindful of how you spend your time. It made me realize how precious my time is and how important it is to seek out quality activities in my life.
If you are a person who feels so attached to your phone or social media, being constantly distracted and procrastinating your tasks.
This book is right for you.

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  • Mr. Neil J. Cowan
  • 31-03-2019

I'm making a change

I was skeptical I would learn anything new from this book, however it has completely changed my understanding of how I interact with the internet. I'm going for the digital declutter from today on.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-03-2019

Extremely valuable for this day and age

a simple message but appealingly laid out and easy to consume. the book could have been even shorter but there are some enjoyable and informative meanderings. Narration is easy to listen to

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  • Stephen Batson
  • 20-03-2019

Wow - that got me thinking!!!

I read this book as part of Michael Hyatts Leader Books programme. Diving into the book in this way really made me appreciate the excellent content and made me scrutinise the way I used Social Media and how it could waste my leisure time. If you spend many hours starring at your phone screen then this is well worth a read.

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  • L. Soubkhankoulova
  • 15-03-2019

A bit boring - but some good tips and theory

The author states in the beginning of the book that it's not going to be about "tips" or "hacks" on how to become a digital minimalist, that a greater overhaul is instead needed to achieve this. However, a big chunk of the book is just this - tips (although the author himself refers to them as "exercises" or some such). They are not entirely irrelevant however, and combined with concise theory and reasoning underlining the whole idea of digital minimalism it makes perfect sense. The delivery is a big droning and makes listening challenging (I kept finding myself drifting away and having to rewind more times than I care to count) - but the fundamental of the movement had gone in and left a lasting impression on me. My favourite bit is the chaper on quality leisure - the idea is that after we freed the time normally spent mindlessly swiping on our mobile phone, the need to feel it up with intentional and meaningful activities is paramount and is the only way to stop us from relapsing. Never thought about it this way. The author also rightly epmphasises the equal importance of analogue communication and solitude in every person's life.

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  • Cameron A.
  • 14-03-2019

Interesting

Quite an interesting concept, by the end you are ready to make your decision to live a bit differently.

Guy is a real slow reader though and it’s quite a big topic so chuck it on 1.25 first and then 1.5 speed if youre listening to it and you’ll have a much better time.

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  • Andrew Hopper
  • 13-03-2019

Newport is interesting, this book is not.

Purchased after coming across Cal Newport multiple times in podcasts and the like. I thought what he had to say about surveillance capitalism was interesting and was excited to find out he had a book on the subject.

There's some interesting titbits throughout, but for the most part it's merely a guide on how to cut social media out your life - and not a particularly insightful one.

If you need a step-by-step guide on cutting social media out your life, this might be interesting to you. If you're looking for deeper reflections on the subject look elsewhere; there's not much going on here.