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 25 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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November 18

The Danger of Exaggerating the Political Importance of Social Media

The Pew Research Center recently released a new study on American Twitter use. As Jennifer Rubin reported in the Washington Post, one of the most striking findings from the report is that only 2.2% of the population currently produces 97% of political tweets. As Rubin notes, these findings run counter to the core belief held […]


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November 15

A Subtle Mistake About How to Acquire Useful Career Skills

As promised, here is the second post written by Scott Young about lessons learned from the many years we’ve run our Top Performer online course, which we’re re-opening next week. This post is about a mistake we made with our curriculum in the early pilots of the course. If you’re missing Cal content this week, […]


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November 11

The Obvious Way to Improve Your Career (That Might Not Be So Obvious)

Below is a guest post from my good friend Scott Young. (Which reminds me: thank you to everyone who came to see Scott and me speak live at Solid State Books in DC last Saturday: we had a great time!) In preparation for us opening back up our Top Performer course next week, Scott’s been […]


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October 28

On Digital Minimalism, Loneliness and the Joys of True Connection

Earlier today, I came across a thoughtful essay written by someone just embarking on the digital declutter suggested in my most recent book. Summarizing the first day of his experience, the essay author was surprised by the sense of isolation he felt during his initial foray into public without his phone. As he writes: “Waiting […]


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October 21

A Piece of Advice I Wish I’d Included in My Book

One of the questions I’m often asked during interviews for Digital Minimalism is what advice I’ve learned more recently that I wish I had included in the book. There are several candidates for this missing advice, but one I’ve found myself talking about a lot recently is what I call the phone foyer method. This […]


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