by Cal Newport

September 25, 2019

Last year, no book got my attention more than The Hacking of the American Mind. I'd read before how social media and online behavior triggered some addictive type behavior in our brains, but somehow Lustig made the case in a way that really took hold with me. I've spent much of the last year reflecting on what healthy connections online might, and might not, look like.

Digital Minimalism is a book that explores all this even further. Newport's outlines a practice for how to engage with digital relationships in a way tries to maintain some of the value, while also moderating the unhealthy aspects. Ultimately, he argues that we all want to have meaningful relationship, but that digital interactions only lead to a kind of connection this is not complete.

The book resonated with me, and I've adapted some of what he's said since I read it in June. I lessened my online engagement, downshifting all of my social media engagements, and finding I don't miss them. Most of my professional life exists in this season exists in digital interactions — I think it's important that the same isn't true for my non-professional life.