We’re all built differently. A book someone may worship could be on the gave-up-on list of another or vice versa. Hence, I’m not a big fan of giving book recommendations. Of late, I just rate or write quick reviews of the books I liked on Goodreads. This time, I felt like sharing the review I wrote with my os.me readers. So, here we go:
In today’s world, social approval has been driving many of us. For example, in my view, the purpose of os.me is to enjoy the art of writing. A bit of encouragement in the form of comments motivates us to write.
Nevertheless, if we start writing only to see how many comments we’ve gotten or what people think about us, we’re caught in the web of social approval. That’s the idea covered by the book I’m reviewing.
My takeaway from the book – A life well-lived requires activities that serve no other purpose than the satisfaction that the activity itself generates.
The tech explosion in modern times has been both a boon and a bane. Even the healthiest of foods can turn into poison if we go overboard. The same applies to technology as well. In his book Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World, Cal Newport covers these essential topics about using technology.
A notable point he made was about the social media paradox. We step into social media with the intent of socializing. In the process of connecting digitally, many of us have forgotten the art of face-to-face communication. Another key point the author makes is about social media addiction. Interestingly, many social media companies meticulously plan and devise methods to keep us addicted to their platforms!
Whether we let technology destroy us or elevate us to success is our choice. Digital Minimalism discusses the philosophy of decluttering our tech world. It makes us rethink our online presence and the way we work with our smartphones. An excellent and essential read for those who spend hours on social media.