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Digital Minimalism: Necessary or Terrifying?

Jan 3, 2020

Perhaps the answer is: BOTH!


To usher us into the new year, we're reviewing the New York Times Bestseller Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport.

Spoiler alert: Misty loves this book!

Cal Newport graduated from Dartmouth College in 2004, and earned his PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT in 2009. After a two-year postdoc, also at MIT, he started during the 2011 – 2012 academic year as an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University. He earned tenure in the spring of 2016, and his current title is Provost’s Distinguished Professor of Computer Science.

In addition to researching cutting­ edge technology, he also writes about the impact of these innovations on our culture. Newport is the author of six books, including the New York Times bestseller Digital Minimalism, as well as Deep Work, which argues that focus is the new I.Q. in the modern workplace.

Newport’s work has been published in over 25 languages and has been featured in many major publications, including the New York TimesWall Street JournalNew YorkerWashington Post, and Economist. He regularly writes articles on these topics for a variety of outlets, including the New Yorker, the New York Times, and his long-running blog Study Hacks, which receives over 3 million visits a year. He’s also a frequent guest on NPR.


We cover every chapter in this Digital Minimalism book review:

  1. A Lopsided Arms Race
  2. Digital Minimalism
  3. The Digital Declutter
  4. Spend Time Alone
  5. Don’t Click “Like”
  6. Reclaim Leisure
  7. Join the Attention Resistance

You can visit the author's website and purchase the book here

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Lisa & Misty