People don’t succumb to screens because they’re lazy, but instead because billions of dollars have been invested to make this outcome inevitable.Page: 9
We didn’t sign up for the digital lives we now lead. They were, instead, to a large extent, crafted in boardrooms to serve the interests of a select group of technology investors.Page: 24
When people consider specific tools or behaviours in their digital lives, they tend to focus only on the value each produces. [...] Thoreau's new economics, however, demands that you balance this profit against the costs measured in terms of "your life".Page: 41
More often than not, the cumulative cost of the non-crucial things we clutter our lives with can far outweigh the small benefits each individual piece of clutter promises.Page: 43
Does this technology directly support something that I deeply value? This is the only condition on which you should let one of these tools into your life.Page: 75
How am I going to use this technology going forward to maximize its value and minimize its harms?Page: 76
Solitude is a subjective state in which your mind is free from input from other minds.Page: 93
Regular doses of solitude, mixed in with our default mode of sociality are necessary to flourish as human being.Page: 99
When you spend multiple hours a day compulsively clicking and swiping, there’s much less free time left for slower interactions. And because this compulsive use emits a patina of socialness, it can delude you into thinking that you’re already serving your relationships well, making further action unnecessary.Page: 143
You cannot expect an app dreamed up in a dorm room, or among the Ping-Pong tables of a Silicon Valley incubator, to successfully replace the types of rich interactions to which we've painstakingly adapted over millennia. Our sociality is simply too complex to be outsourced to a social network or reduced to instant messages and emojis.Page: 150
The idea that it’s valuable to maintain vast numbers of weak-tie social connections is largely an invention of the past decade or so.Page: 155
A life well lived requires activities that serve no other purpose than the satisfaction that the activity itself generates.Page: 166
The value you receive from a pursuit is often proportional to the energy invested.Page: 176
Digital minimalists see new technologies as tools to be used to support things they deeply value - not as sources of value themselves.Page: 252
The primacy of anger and outrage online is, in some sense, an unavoidable feature of the medium: In an open marketplace for attention, darker emotions attract more eye‑ balls than positive and constructive thoughts.
They joined Facebook to stay in touch with friends across the country, and then ended up unable to maintain an uninterrupted conversation with the friend sitting across the table.