Digital Minimalism

What is digital minimalism? I first became aware of the term through the work of Cal Newport with his book of the same title; "Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World", that I borrowed from my local library. He defines digital minimalism loosely as:

a philosophy that you question what digital communication tools (and behaviors surrounding these tools) add the most value to your life. It is motivated by the belief that intentionally and aggressively clearing away low-value digital noise, and optimizing your use of the tools that really matter, can significantly improve your life.

He then goes on to some up some traits that people who are inclined to follow this life-style will share:


Now, digital minimalism will mean something different to everyone. If you're someone with a far-flung family or friend group that truly does keep in constant communication by choice then of course social media is probably a good use of your time. For someone like me though, who simply scrolls by everything feeling vaguely interactive but not really getting anything out of it, it's probably not.

I don't have the answers for what this looks like to me, but I do know that I need to start thinking about it. Once I know what my answer is, I'll be updating this page.

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