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"Anyone who thinks he or she doesn’t need a digital diet is in denial. Sieberg nails the sad truth of what our tech-triggered ADD has done to us and offers solutions for breaking away--and re-incorporating these same tools in a healthier, more meaningful way. If you've got your nose in your blackberry as you read this, this book is for you."
--Leigh Gallagher, assistant managing editor, Fortune

"The Digital Diet is a book packed with wisdom you can put to use right away. It gives you the power to take a huge weight off your shoulders -- and regain control of your life. Sieberg clearly loves technology, and shows how to make it work for you, not you for it."
--Will Schwalbe, co-author of SEND: Why People Email So Badly and How to Do it Better.

Outlines simple advice on how to reduce your Internet intake and gain control of your life…With his nifty new book, he's given overburdened consumers some sound advice.”  - Jon Swartz, USA Today 

"This book is brisk, lively, and smart. It's also deeply important: many of us use technology too much, without realizing it. Sieberg has had his own problems with overuse and overload, and now he's emerged with a very sensible set of solutions for helping people restore balance to their lives. It's the rare diet book that might actually work."
-- Nicholas Thompson, Senior Editor, The New Yorker

"In The Digital Diet, Daniel Sieberg offers strategies to help us address our tech-dependence and learn to live peacefully with technology. Through well-researched data and guided exercises, he provides a new way to think about, and ultimately change, our connection to the digital world. This book is fun, informed, and incredibly user-friendly."
--Dr. Katherine L. Muller, Behavioral Psychologist, Center for Integrative Psychotherapy

About the Author

DANIEL SIEBERG contributes to ABC, BBC, and MSNBC and was formerly the science and technology correspondent for CBS and CNN. He lives in New York City with his wife, daughter, and beagle.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307887383
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307887382
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #796,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Daniel Sieberg is an Emmy-nominated and award-winning TV correspondent/host/speaker/author whose work across four continents has appeared on CBS News, CNN, ABC News (Nightline, GMA), MSNBC, BBC News, Bloomberg, Al Jazeera English, NPR, PBS, CNET, the Discovery Channel, Planet Green,, Details, The Dr. Oz Show, The Nate Berkus Show, and countless publications. From swimming with sharks to a live demonstration of the latest gadgets to reporting in zero gravity, Sieberg is comfortable within a wide range of situations and beats from business to science to entertainment; telling compelling stories and resonating with an audience are what drive his many pursuits, and having a sense of humor doesn't hurt either.

Sieberg was the CBS News science and technology correspondent from December 2006 to February 2010 reporting for the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, The Early Show, CBS Sunday Morning, CBS Radio and During that time Sieberg also contributed to a book about the so-called "Craigslist killer" called Seven Days of Rage (Pocket Books). Plus, he co-hosted several CBS-CNET network specials about technology trends, holiday gadget ideas and video games.

He now regularly anchors at the online network ABC News Now, which means reading the news and interviewing guests about everything from politics to Hollywood to health/nutrition. Beginning in late summer 2010, Sieberg started hosting a new consumer-based show for ABC News called Tech This Out!, which in April 2011 was awarded an official Webby Honoree distinction. In May 2010, Sieberg reported on the environmental impact of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico for the inaugural edition of PBS' newsmagazine show Need to Know, and he is a regular technology contributor to BBC World News America with Matt Frei.

From 2000-2006 he was the technology correspondent for CNN, CNN International, CNN Headline News (now HLN) and edited the sci-tech section. He also hosted Next@CNN, a weekly broadcast about science, technology, space and environment and appeared often on shows like American Morning, Anderson Cooper 360 and Paula Zahn Now. Plus Sieberg anchored daily segments for Morning Express with Robin Meade from 2001-2004, produced weekly reports for CNN Radio and spent several weeks covering the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

In 2008 he co-hosted 40 episodes of an environmental lifestyle show called G Word on Discovery Channel's Planet Green network and he has contributed as an analyst to PBS' Frontline, NPR, BBC Radio,, CourtTV (now truTV) and Animal Planet. Between 1998-2000 Sieberg was a daily reporter for western Canada's largest newspaper, the Vancouver Sun, covering technology, business and civic issues. At CTV News in Canada, he worked as a video game reviewer and associate producer for a news panel show called Robert Mason Lee: On the Edge from 1998-2000.

Sieberg has been nominated for four News and Documentary Emmy Awards and won accolades from the likes of the Society of Environmental Journalism and the World Technology Awards. In 2007 he was named a Portfolio magazine "Business Broadcasting All-Star" and he is a recipient of Canada's Rafe Mair Award for public service journalism. His written work has been published by the Huffington Post,,, Time magazine, Details magazine, the Vancouver Sun, the Toronto Star, and many other places both online and in print. He is also a recipient of a 2010 Knight Fellowship workshop for science journalism and part of a panel for the 2008 National Academy of Engineering's Global Challenges Project.

A regular speaker and moderator at such events as the NetMedia conference in London (2001), the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3, 2004) and the Ziff Davis Gaming Summit (2006), Sieberg has attended and reported on the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Comic-Con, Comdex, E3, DEMO, the Webbys, DefCon, and the World Technology Network. His eclectic list of interview subjects includes Bill Gates, Hugh Hefner, Kevin Mitnick, Steve Wozniak, Tony Hawk, Peyton Manning, Curt Schilling, Doug Liman, Kenny G, Paula Abdul and Will Wright.

Sieberg has traveled to nearly 30 countries and reported extensively throughout the U.S./Canada as well as places like Peru, Ethiopia, Taiwan, Japan, the Bahamas and the Arctic. He has a bachelor's degree (B.F.A.) in writing from the University of Victoria and a master's degree in journalism (M.J.) with a specialization in technology from the University of British Columbia. He lives in New York City with his delightful wife, precious daughter and irascible beagle.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Porter Anderson on May 3, 2011
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The author of THE DIGITAL DIET, Daniel Sieberg, is a friend and a news-career colleague of mine. While that carries some friendly bias into this review, it also makes it possible for me to vouch for the premise of his book: His work as a tech journalist has created a searing exposure to personal technology's most seductive addictions.

Organized into a month of staged concepts and exercises, Daniel's program includes elements of detox, developing a "virtual weight index," and relearning to connect with important people directly. And, mercifully, there's no "Back your car over that iPhone immediately!" command. Daniel understands we're not going to get far by trying to reverse our collective march into the digital sunset. That course has been charted. Instead, he wants you to learn to live with a "sustainable intake" of tech influence, not be staggered and run over by ringtones and Cloud-fails.

Not many of us will experience the kind of epiphany about our tech habits that Daniel had during a video shoot he did off West End, Grand Bahama, observed by a large and unplugged tiger shark. "I actually had the urge to use my BlackBerry underwater," Daniel writes, "while a fearsome predator stared me down. What the hell was wrong with me?"

What was "wrong" with him can hit any of us on dry land. You don't have to be what TV-speak calls a "tech guru" to know the allure of the LED-pulsing, churning techno reef our world has become. Always a next version, a next generation, a next iteration, the better screen, the faster connectivity, the higher pixel count, and schools of fishy folks all swimming in precisely the same direction. (They bonded while standing in line at 3 a.m. to buy the next great piece of bait dangled in front of them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Riccoan on March 29, 2012
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I am very impressed the author's message through this book. It makes me step back to think what is the most important things are in the world where the technology moves rapidly more than we expect. I do believe his message should be shared with people across the U.S.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nikki Leigh on May 9, 2011
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I just saw the cell phone commercial that says the small business with the best technology rules. While I am a big fan of technology and couldn't have my business without it - I would tweak that statement a bit. Let's change that to - the small business (or person) that knows how to utilize the best technology in the best way, rules.

I think the majority of people understand the use of technology can get totally out of control. When I see neighborhood kids walking down the street and texting to the people beside them - it seems the use of technology is out of control. That is just one of many examples we see every day.

If you are one of the many people who has a cell phone, a computer, a laptop, several email accounts, several social media accounts, and iPad and various other technology items - you know what I mean. Just finding enough plug ins to recharge all those things can take a while. So, maybe you need The Digital Diet. I know the word "diet" scares people, but author Daniel Sieberg steps readers through his 4 step plan, one step at a time.

There are a number of quotes from the book that I really enjoyed...

"At the core, the Digital Diet is about common sense and common courtesy, Impress yourself and those around you. Be the master, not the slave."

"Technology makes life more sterile and makes it too easy to avoid a conversation (services like slydial send you straight to voice mail), face responsibility (sorry, didn't get your message), or display emotions (those emoticons just don't cut it). Too often technology allows us to replace meaningful interaction with superficial ones. Many of us have become terrible and ineffective communicators and blog and elfish broadcasters. Lots of telling but very little listening.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BBQ2000 on September 2, 2014
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Thin on actual content and long on prose, it's a poorly written and hacked out piece of work. There must be hundreds of free (and better written) articles about this very subject available on the net through various blogs.
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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Romina on July 5, 2011
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The book is easy to read and simple. I like it, but I can tell you more asa I finished reading it. Delivery was on time.
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