Over spring break I read an entire book in one week. Not impressive, but for me it was. I used the occasion of a 4-hour plane trip to start this book and finished it on the way home. Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport prompted a strong reaction from me – the book resonated with many issues I’ve been grappling with the past couple of years: wasting time in my life with nothing to show for it, intentions never confronted nor acted upon, lack of purpose. Anxiety, mild depression, self-absorption – issues I believe I am not alone in experiencing. Rather than use Facebook for meaningless random thoughts lacking formulation into ideas that could be acted upon, it felt like time to acknowledge that I was wasting my time.
Newport does not flat out advise you to give up social media, he asks you to assess its value in your life and what your purpose is.