Cal Newport on digital minimalism

Posted on Sun 27 January 2019 in Dispatches • 1 min read

To succeed with this approach, a useful first step is to remove from your smartphone any apps that make money from your attention. This includes social media, addictive games and newsfeeds that clutter your screen with “breaking” notifications. Unless you’re a cable news producer, you don’t need minute-by-minute updates on world events, and your friendships are likely to survive even if you have to wait until you’re sitting at your home computer to log on to Facebook or Instagram. In addition, by eliminating your ability to publish carefully curated images to social media directly from your phone, you can simply be present in a nice moment, free from the obsessive urge to document it.

— Cal Newport, Steve Jobs Never Wanted Us to Use Our iPhones Like This

I disagree with the assertion in the title, as I suspect the App Store was inevitable and already planned, but his advice here is wonderful.