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Digital Minimalism

On Living Better with Less Technology
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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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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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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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Inspirational

Just what I needed to motivate me on my journey to digital minimalism. Definatetly worth a read.

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Alarmingly relevant

After listening to this book - twice, consecutively - I’m left questioning my present approach to all things internet related.
I’m not sure whether to love, or hate this book. I think I’m erring on the former. However, I recommend it for anyone wanting to detach themselves from social media and it’s evil and addictive undermining effect on our lives.

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Less is more

Your attention is worth more to you then social media so don't give it away. This book explains how the big social media organisatons make money the more time you spend on their platform. As the saying goes "if a service if free you are the product". The book has lots of strategies to help you wean yourself off social media for a much better life.

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Thank you Cal

Well written and compelling. Has completely changed my connection to tech.
I feel like my days are longer and suddenly I have more time.
Highly recommend, just about to press play for a second listen.

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Great Read!

I’d heard that this book was good and it did not disappoint. It went way deeper than I expected.

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Excellent reading

“We have become the product “ I’m so grateful for this insight as it horrifies me and has catapulted me into action to digitally minimise.

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Worth a look

I found this book further expanded some of the statements that were made about simplifying technology in Deep Work. I’ve already implemented some of the steps like taking social media off my phone and not having my phone “glued” to me.
The book was well researched and had excellent relatable points, although my one criticism would be that if you have already read and implemented strategies from ‘Deep work” this book could have been half the length and still had the same impact.
Still a very enjoyable listen!



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Cal Newport does it again!

Became a long time reader of Cals many years ago fascinated by the research in Deep Work.

So far have been incredibly impressed with all of his books. Presented with thoughtfulness to the way our memory encodes information. Cal is a brilliant author, orator and researcher. Thanks for the work you do!

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  • Herman Freysen
  • 20-05-2019

Import message in these times

Do not trust that social media is there to serve you and improve your happiness.

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  • Mayur
  • 26-09-2019

Don't lose tech... Use tech in a better way !

Book tells us that "Technology is an incredible innovation that enabled us to live best life than any other human lived in the history.
But we shouldn't get in trap of attention economy to waste our precious time. Instead we should use it to experience things that we deeply value.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-01-2020

Practical Advices to be a digital make minimalist

This book is definitely an eye opener to think about our digital activities. Cal provided practical advices on how to embrace the digital minimalism.

This book asked me the question of the real use of social media.

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  • Ori
  • 10-01-2020

Reaffirmed decisions and feelings I had already

I always had a feeling that social media platforms are wasting my time, and even sometimes asked myself, after scrolling a lot "what am I doing?". The book breaks down in great detail how the attention economy we grew to know, skyrocketed with social media platforms to the point that our time and attention is literally being robbed by mindless scrolling and empty, emotional shock value videos or posts. Great read, taught me how to use social media with intent to empower the things that important to me. Reminds me of the book easy way to quit smoking by allen carr, as it points out all the behaviors, rationalization and excusing we put out, to keep using, instead of regaining control and realizing the truth.

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  • Nadhrah Athirah
  • 10-10-2019

My thoughts

Love it. I've been trying to cut down my social media use, especially. I've been trying to practice some of it, i hope it works well (it is for at least one week while listening to this audiobook). Very inspiring. Thank you! Also this is my first audiobook ever, and so far i've been looking forward for more.

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  • Kiyaga Raymond
  • 17-06-2019

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
  • 13-04-2019

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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  • Harry B.
  • 11-11-2019

Some valuable strategies drags on.

This book began well by really breaking down the problem and giving useful strategies for overcoming it, however began to drag on and ironically lost focus in the second half, blaming tech for things such as the rise of teen anxiety with little to no evidence. Ultimately, while I think there is a lot of wisdom in this book, it's quite possibility an overcorrection that blames tech for too much. I personally think technology is revealing humanities shortcomings rather than creating them.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-03-2020

Worth a listen

I stumbled upon a video on YouTube which was all about getting rid of all social media for 30 days.

The video referenced and recommended this audio-book as inspiration to why one would remove social media from their lives.

Since listening to this I no longer feel compelled to keep myself updated with what everyone else is doing, and have successfully avoided social media for a total of 2 weeks.

Anyone who's in a similar situation as I am, I recommend you listen to this. As there were a quite a few pieces of advice that I will use in the future.

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  • Roger D.
  • 01-02-2020

worth a listen

if you are interested in listening to the book you probably instinctively know much of what is said but it is inspiring to here it said and has lead me to take action. This is the only comment I'll be leaving anywhere for a while!

one done side is reader's attempt to do women's voices. Better if they were read straight.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-01-2020

Good, practical, but nothing new

These are good ideas, but they don't bring a lot new. For half a dozen years these points are being made. Newport himself made them popular before his *previous* book, Deep Work, came out. Whereas Deep Work was about re-using your time (from being a digital minimalist) to focus on work, this book is more open ended about what you do with extra time. Newport seems to have found a niche market and is repeating himself.

IF you have one, don't bother with the other.

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  • Owen
  • 07-01-2020

Not Good for Those with Addiction

This book is great for explaining just how bad the problem with smart-phones are these days. And it talks a lot about communities that don't use smart phones and how even with stress and strain in their life, they're still happier than most people.

The problem with this book is that the advice given in this book on how one should change the way one uses their phone expects the reader to not be addicted to their phone. Taking a 30-day digital declutter works if you're someone who doesn't realize how much time you spend on your phone but are still conscious of your phone use. It doesn't work at all if you're addicted to your phone and hope to get over that addiction.

I wanted to like this book, but it's clear the outside perspective the author has limits his ability to understand the direness of many teenagers' and young adults' situation.

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  • HonestMom
  • 28-11-2019

A cracking book

Loved it. Raised some interesting questions about how we utilize our digital life and how best to optimise its function in your life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-10-2019

Reconsider how you use technology

Interesting listen. Sometimes a bit vague, but delivers nice starting point to apply concept of digital minimalism and delivers interesting reasons why

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-09-2019

Must have!!!

Thank you very much for this great audiobook. A few years ago I already started to cut my time spent online but with this I got even more ideas what to do in the future.