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Could you live without your smartphone, Facebook or Netflix? This question had been asked by many writers recently but Cal Newport’s latest book asks a far more pertinent question. Are these technologies helping you support your values and could something else support them better? This question is central to the technological philosophy he presents in digital minimalism. I believe this question is very important for Christians and churches.
This is not an anti-technology book and every tool which Cal is critical of (smartphones, social networks, binging services) is shown being used well by individuals. Instead, it is a book about making sure we don’t blindly use technologies in the way their creators intended which may be for our harm and not our benefit.
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Cal sets forth some simple principles for evaluating technologies and whether they should be adopted as well as ideas for how to use them better.
Importantly, Cal highlights some alternatives to social media and smart devices which can help achieve the benefits these services claim but far better.
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