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What if instead of improving our lives, our technology is
actually making them less meaningful?

Many of us live in a hyperconnected world. Hourly, we’re responding to messages, writing emails, browsing social media, and combing the Internet. By the end of the day, we’re left wondering why we feel so unproductive and exhausted. These are feelings that Cal Newport, author of Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World, associates with the addictive nature of our devices.

Cal believes our tech addictions have set us on a path for
lives that feel less meaningful and less in our control. In this interview, he argues
that, “It’s this sense of losing autonomy. That you signed up for these
things…then you look up years later and see that you’re using them more than is
useful…feeling like it’s manipulating the way that you feel and what you
believe.”

But rather than providing simplistic solutions, Cal describes
a robust philosophy he calls digital minimalism. He explains how it challenges
us to ask bigger questions like, “Do I like my life? Am I living a life worth
living? Do I feel meaning and satisfaction? Do I feel a sense of authentic
engagement?”

Cal Newport is Associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University. He writes the Study Hacks Blog and is the author of five other books, including: So Good They Can’t Ignore You, and Deep Work.

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