Digital Minimalism

We live in an age of digital overload.

It is a paradox of the digital age in which we live that the more we are connected, the less we are connected.

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Minimalism is the art of knowing how much is just enough. Digital minimalism applies this idea to our personal technology. It’s the key to living a focused life in an increasingly noisy world.

Cal Newport has written a book entitled “Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World

Here are some of his ideas of how we can focus in this noisy social media world:

Digital Minimalism:

– Spend time alone to gain solitude
– Leave your phone at home
– Take long walks
– Write letters to yourself (journaling)

– Don’t click “likes”
– Avoid falling into the slot machine feedback loop of likes
– Consolidate texting
– hold conversation office hours
– Reclaiming conversations

– Reclaim Leisure
– prioritize demanding leisure activity over pass consumption
– use skills to produce valuable things in the physical world
– seek leisure activities with real world, structured social interactions
– fix, or build something every week
– schedule low quality leisure
– join something (e.g. a community)
– follow leisure plan

– Join the attention resistance
– delete social media from your phone
– turn your devices into single-purpose computers
– embrace slow media
– dumb down your smart phone (before it dumbs down you!)

Here is a podcast of Cal Newport talking to Rich Roll: Digital Minimalism with Cal Newport | Rich Roll Podcast

This is an interesting video about digital minimalism : digital minimalism clip

The Digital Generation

digital generation temo and mari

It is a paradox of our current digital age that the more we are connected; the less we are connected. The photographer (me) and the digital manipulation of this image using Prisma are also a part of this digital disconnection.

People are only ever half present where they are these days. They always have at least one foot in the great digital nowhere.   (Matt Haig)