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- Publication Date: January 14, 2018
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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.
So how do we know we have an addiction? The symptoms are delineated in Chapter 4 (Damon does not number his chapters which is a sore point for an otherwise excellent book but I can understand that it may be unnecessary for a short guide like this). In brief, we know we are addicted when we exhibit 10 signs that include—and I am guilty of these—taking your devices into the bathroom and regularly forgoing sleep.
The disastrous effects of this addiction is described in the next chapter which range from poor concentration to a worsening of eyesight and procrastination. Reading this chapter should be enough to dissuade anyone from further indulgence in their digital devices and seek assistance to break this unhealthy habit. Next, Damon gives us 10 factors ranging from gender to ease of access which conspire to make this difficult.
Chapter 7 presents a series of reasons why we are addicted to technology. The contents of this chapter are drawn heavily from Chapter 3 but expressed differently. Thus, the points may appear repetitive but I believe this is a technique Damon used throughout the book to drum into the reader his messages. From modern-day information overload to societal expectations, it would appear that there is no way we can stop our compulsion. One thing I learnt here is “intermittent reinforcement” which is an interesting way to sum up the technique used by the big technology companies to keep us engaged in our devices which in turn drives their revenues. What is even more frightening is that no one or organization (except for voices like Damon’s) is doing anything to reverse this trend.
By the time we reach chapter 8, a part of our minds is beginning to “get the message.” But knowing how flimsy this conviction is, Damon gives us 9 negative effects of digital addiction which reads like a long drawn-out rehash of chapter 5. We read about how, as a result of our digital obsession, our sleep is deprived, et cetera up to our impaired communication skills.
Before Damon finally lets us in on his method of digital detox, he explains what the life improvements we will have if we underwent this detox. These benefits are generally the inverse of the disadvantages of digital addiction which we would have read at least a couple of times by now with some exceptions such as better impulse control.
After warning that we are likely to experience unpleasant albeit temporary side effects of the detox, he advised to make 9 preparations for the actual detox. Then he laid out his 10-step method in chapters 13–14. Here, in his last step on learning a new skill, he seems to contradict himself when he recommends coding, creating spreadsheet graphs and charts and analyzing stocks among others. These 3 activities would usually require the use of a digital device to learn properly and doing so will, in theory, defeat the whole exercise of digital detox.
Unfortunately, the next part, “The Effects of a Digital Detox on Your Brain” reads like a reiteration of chapters 10 and 12. In fact Damon appears to be aware of this, judging by the numerous times he refers back to previous chapters.
The prized jewel of this book is a section entitled “After Your Digital Detox” which contains valuable advice of 10 activities which can be applied even—in my opinion—without going through the detox, to simplify your digital world. If not for this part, I might have given the book 4 stars instead of 5 stars. The very practical advice here, which I have begun to take into heart, is worth every penny of the book. I am looking forward to Damon’s next guide and would only suggest that he reduces the number of times which his points are repeated.