Review: Newport’s Digital Minimalism

Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World
Cal Newport

I’m a big fan of Cal Newport’s work (I’ve read Deep Work, twice). This feels like his best book yet. Part evisceration of social media and what it does to our brains, part guidebook on how to live a less distracted life, this book is essential for someone like me who has trouble standing in an elevator for five minutes without checking his phone. Newport puts together an excellent mix of practical advice, reporting, and science.

Deep work felt like an author feeling his way toward a philosophy of dealing with the age of distraction. Digital Minimalism feels more thought through, more reasoned, more practical. I’ll almost surely re-read this the next time I go off the social media rails.


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