WHAT THEY SAY

 

"I challenge you not to devour this wonderful book in one sitting."

-Greg McKeown, author of Essentialism

“What a timely and useful book! It's neither hysterical nor complacent - a workable guide to being thoughtful about digital media. It's already made me rethink some of my media use in a considered way.”

- Naomi Alderman, author of The Power

"This book is an urgent call to action for anyone serious about being in command of their own life."

- Ryan Holiday, author of The Obstacle Is the Way

"You’re not the user, you’re the product. Hang up, log off, and tune in to a different way to be in the world. Bravo, Cal. Smart advice for good people."

- Seth Godin, author of This Is Marketing

“Newport is making a bid to be the Marie Kondo of technology: someone with an actual plan for helping you realize the digital pursuits that do, and don’t, bring value to your life.”

- Ezra Klein, founder of Vox.com


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ABOUT CAL NEWPORT

 

I’m a computer science professor at Georgetown University who studies the theory of distributed systems. In addition to my academic work, I write about the intersection of technology and culture.

I'm the author of six books, including, most recently, the New York Times bestseller, Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World. My work has been published in over 20 languages and has been featured in many major publications, including the New York Times,  Wall Street Journal,  New Yorker,  Washington Post, and  Economist.

I've been blogging here at calnewport.com for over a decade.



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April 17

AOC Quit Facebook. The Media Bungled the Story.

Over the weekend, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announced on a podcast that she was quitting Facebook as part of her efforts to cut back on her social media use more generally. This was big news because the 29-year-old AOC is famous for her skilled leverage of these platforms to connect with her constituents and drive the national […]


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April 11

Digital Minimalism and Sports

Your browser does not support iframes. A couple weeks ago, I posted an article in reaction to the news that the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals now allows his players to take “phone breaks” during their team meetings. “You start to see kind of hands twitching and legs shaking, and you know they need […]


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April 8

Digital Minimalism and God (Or, is Social Media Undermining Religion?)

Those who know Martin Luther King Jr.’s story well, know that January 27, 1956, was a pivotal date for the young minister. Only one month earlier, still a newcomer in town, King, to his surprise, was elected to run the Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA) formed in response to Rosa Parks’s arrest. As King’s Pulitzer-prize winning […]


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March 27

The Arizona Cardinals Now Give Their Players Phone Breaks

Earlier this week, at the NFL owners meetings, Kliff Kingsbury, the new head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, revealed a new rule for team meetings: “cellphone breaks.” As reported by ESPN, Kingsbury introduces these breaks every 20 – 30 minutes during team gatherings. As he explained: “You start to see kind of hands twitching and […]


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March 20

Mike Trout Doesn’t Care About His Online Brand. He Just Made $430 Million.

Mike Trout, the center fielder for the Los Angeles Angels, is finalizing a $430 million contract extension with his team. This is the largest deal in the history of professional sports. One of the surprising elements of Trout’s story is that he’s reached these unprecedented heights while remaining, to quote Tom Boswell from today’s Washington […]


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Cal is interviewed by Soledad O’Brien on Matter of Fact about Digital Minimalism and how to quit your smartphone addiction.

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