Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport

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“Digital Minimalism” is a book written by Cal Newport that discusses the negative effects of excessive technology use on our lives and provides practical advice for how to reclaim control over our digital habits.

The book covers a wide range of topics, including the dangers of social media, the importance of mindfulness and intentionality in our digital lives, and how to create healthy boundaries with technology. Newport also explores the history of the digital minimalism movement, tracing its roots back to the philosophy of simplification and the importance of solitude in the works of influential thinkers such as Henry David Thoreau.

As an intermediate or advanced English learner, you may find the book to be a bit challenging to read due to its technical and philosophical language. However, the ideas and concepts discussed in the book are important and relevant to anyone living in today’s digital age, and the benefits of reading and understanding the book may outweigh the difficulty of the language.

It’s worth noting that there is a graded reader version of “Digital Minimalism” available, which may be a good alternative for English learners who want to explore the ideas in the book but are not yet comfortable with advanced language. This version of the book includes simplified language, a glossary of key terms, and comprehension questions to help facilitate understanding.

Overall, “Digital Minimalism” is a thought-provoking and timely book that is well worth reading for anyone looking to create a more balanced and mindful relationship with technology.

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By Tom Wilkinson

Host and founder of Thinking in English, Tom is committed to providing quality and interesting content to all English learners. Previously a research student at a top Japanese university and with a background in English teaching, political research, and Asian languages, Tom is now working fulltime on bettering Thinking in English!

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