How much do I want to read more? 7/10
I myself am not a "social media" user, just like the author. But I'm a heavy computer user, and other screen as well (tablet, phone, e-reader…). So much so that I wonder how long I still have left before I can read without glasses.
This book's promise is interesting: we can actually make the most of the technology surounding us, with spending less time on it.
It speaks to me, because I believe we get good at something when we don't spend too much time on it, or when we actually alternate with other activities: our diffuse mode continue to work on the former activity once we have switched to another one.
Andrew Sullivan wrote a 7,000-word essay for New York magazine titled “I Used to Be a Human Being.”
“An endless bombardment of news and gossip and images has rendered us manic information addicts. It broke me. It might break you, too.”
Earlier in 2016, I published a book titled Deep Work. It was about the underappreciated value of intense focus and how the professional world’s emphasis on distracting communication tools was holding people back from producing their best work.
they joined Facebook to stay in touch with friends across the country, and then ended up unable to maintain an uninterrupted conversation with the friend sitting across the table.
distract from more valuable activities.
who can extract great value from these new technologies without losing control.
It mix harm with benefits.
Neo-Luddites, who advocate the abandonment of most new technologies.
Quantified Self enthusiasts, who carefully integrate digital devices into all aspects of their life with the goal of optimizing their existence.
digital minimalism: less can be more to our relationship with digital tools.
Long before Henry David Thoreau exclaimed “simplicity, simplicity, simplicity,” Marcus Aurelius asked: “You see how few things you have to do to live a satisfying and reverent life?”
The key to thriving in our high-tech world, they’ve learned, is to spend much less time using technology.
refine your understanding of the things you value most.
a philosophy that prioritizes long-term meaning over short-term satisfaction.