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- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1976788668
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- Publication Date: January 14, 2018
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0781B16LR
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Digital Detox: The Ultimate Guide To Beating Technology Addiction, Cultivating Mindfulness, and Enjoying More Creativity, Inspiration, And Balance In Your Life! Kindle Edition
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For those of us who are network engineers and computer driven professionals, this book will be a bit of review and refresher for those of us who constantly seek to find ways to be more productive and have balance in our lives. I believe it is a bit more challenging to Digital Detox for computer based professionals, we can always streamline and prioritize what digital services are essential and which ones to weed out. This book compliments the rest of Damon's books and writing. My favorites so far, are the Art of Saying No (my favorite so far) and Time Chunking, great for those of us who constantly work to hone their productivity swords.
But for someone familiar with the topic, it might be a bit disappointing. Not because you will find nothing new in it. In fact it has many fresh ideas and is well supported with research findings. It is because it is full of redundancies and repetitions that could have been avoided.
To illustrate my point, I will show how repeatedly the book covers the relationship between sleeping and digital addiction:
In the chapter “10 Signs You May Be Addicted To Technology” there is a section or paragraph titled “You sacrifice sleep to spend more time online.”
In the chapter “Top 12 Side Effects Of Technology Addiction” there is a section titled “Inconsistent sleep Quality”.
In the chapter “How Technology Addiction Negatively Impacts Your Life” there is a section titled “sleeping problems”.
In the chapter “15 Ways Your Life Will Improve After A Digital Detox” there is a section titled “You’ll sleep better”.
In the chapter “The Effects Of A Digital Detox On Your Brain” there is a section titled “Effect #4: Better Sleep”.
Not to mention that sleep issues were also repeatedly covered in many other related sections. The same repetitions are done in covering many other topics and I gave "sleep" as an example to illustrate. It is true that each instance is not an exact repetition and is approached from a different angle, but there remain many unnecessary repetitions in my opinion. To look at the positive side of these repetitions, they might be helpful to make the point for beginners.
Other than the above, I think that the book is in many places over simplistic and even contradictory. For example, step #9 of doing a complete digital detox suggests reading a book and specifies novels and fiction books: “You may be drawn to the latest release on investing strategies, exercise and dieting, or how the brain works. But such books won’t do during your digital detox.” Then the author suggests ideas about something we’ve been interested in pursuing, but have put on the back burner due to lack of time and motivation. For example, learn how to: Code a website, Create spreadsheet graphs and charts … Analyze stocks. And then the author gives some ideas about topics in which to become more knowledgeable like: Thermodynamics, Anthropology, Macroeconomics, Primate Behavior, Philosophy, Theology…
Well, if I am on digital detox and I have no access to the internet, and if I am not supposed to read nonfiction because “such books won’t do during your digital detox”, then how can I learn to code a website, analyze stocks… or become more knowledgeable in Thermodynamics, Macroeconomics, Endocrinology, Philosophy…?! And will I be able to learn such complicated subjects during a digital detox program of 24 to 72 hours done two to three times a year as suggested in the book? What about the other activities I should be involved in during the detox like exercise, visiting and meeting friends and interpersonal communication not to mention having a good night sleep.?! But in fairness, not all suggestions are that complicated and many, like how to make a flower arrangement or car oil change, could be learned without internet access or technical books.
As for the benefits of doing a digital detox, they are well covered in the book. But it is over promising to say that we will enjoy those benefits after such a short detox program even if done more than once a year. I think things are more complicated than that. Yet these benefits are realistic and achievable but not as easily and simply as the book suggests.
Taking the above flags into consideration, I still think it is a good book and serves as a solid introduction to the topic.
This book is extremely well structured (I finished it in 3 hours over 2 weekends even though I'm a slow reader), and divided into neat sections such as sings of technology addiction, disadvantages of these addictions, how life can change for the better and last but not least, a very actionable chapter on how to do a digital detox which is backed by proven tactics from psychology and behavioural science. I used this chapter to do my own 1 day detox which enabled me to finally finish a book I had been wanting to read for a long time.
Damon quotes research throughout the book which lends immense creditability to everything.
This book undoubtedly deserves 5 starts and will help anyone who is addicted to technology and wants to get rid of this obsession so that you can enjoy more things in life such as a better social life, better social skills, building other good habits such as reading books etc...
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It has definitely helped me to see where I need to be careful so I don't let the Digital World take over my life.Read more
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