Digital minimalism

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The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.”
— Henry David Thoreau

I just finished the highly anticipated book by Cal Newport, Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World, and it was every bit of as good as I hoped for.

I couldn’t put it down.

It has been a really long time since I longed to reach for a book in between tiny moments of a movie paused while my boyfriend went to grab something or while we waited for the next episode to start.

The intention of writing this article is to provide a brief summary of Digital Minimalism, focusing on what I found the most useful and highlighting my own journey towards digital minimalism. Digital minimalism

Take the Pledge! #NationalDayofUnplugging2019

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When your phone buzzes or a notification pops up your screen, do you stop what you’re doing to look and respond? Do you have multiple devices constantly competing for your attention at all times? Do you find it hard to sit still for a bit without checking your phone or social media feeds? Have you been looking for ideas to unplug, without having to depend on sheer willpower followed by pure defeat?

If so, you can take the pledge to participate in this year’s National Day of Unplugging, a 24 hour global respite from technology. After taking the pledge, you can finally put all your electronic devices in a 16-digits-password-protected safe and throw it across the Atlantic ocean to finally have an uninterrupted board game night with your loved ones.

Take a pledge and download your own toolkit!

Take the Pledge! #NationalDayofUnplugging2019

Digital wellness for beginners

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At the peak of the proliferation of smartphones and social media and the attention economy, our attention has become the most valuable commodity. In order to profit from our attention, companies employ tactics to hijack our attention and keep us glued to our smartphones, scrolling mindlessly through our newsfeeds and watching cat memes all day long. According to some statistics:

  • The average American checks their phone every 12 minutes,
  • The average user touches their cell phone 2,617 times a day, and
  • In a 2014 survey, 46 percent of users said their smartphone is something “they couldn’t live without.”

What is digital wellness? 

Digital Wellness is a movement that seeks to establish a holistic and unified approach to tackling the challenges and issues faced by individuals, and society at large, at the proliferation of the attention economy. The movement seeks a “fight fire with fire” approach by using tactics such as creating apps that help us manage the amount of time we spend on our digital activities. Digital wellness for beginners