The art of finding balance in a wired world.
There's no doubt that technology has overrun our lives. Over the past few decades, the world has embraced "progress" and we're living with the resultant clicking, beeping, anxiety-inducing frenzy. But a creative backlash is gathering steam, helping us cope with the avalanche of data that threatens to overwhelm us daily through our computers, tablets and smartphones.
The Joy of Missing Out considers the technologically focused life, with its impacts on our children, relationships, communities, health, work and more, and suggests opportunities for those of us longing to cultivate a richer on- and off-line existence. By examining the connected world through the lens of her own internet fast, author Christina Crook creates a convincing case for increasing intentionality in our day-to-day lives. Using historical data, typewritten letters, chapter challenges and personal accounts, she invites us to explore a new way of living, beyond our steady state of distracted "connectedness."
Most of us can't throw away our smartphone or cut ourselves off from the Internet. But we can all rethink our relationship with the digital world, discovering new ways of introducing balance and discipline to the role of technology in our lives. This book is a must-read for anyone wishing to rediscover quietness of mind, and seeking a sense of peace amidst the cacophony of the modern world.
1. Personhood: The Greatest Tablet in the World
2. Information Overload: How We Got Here
3. Better Off?: Yes, BUT
4. Dusting Off the Dictionary: Why Definitions Matter
5. Introduction to Part Two: Presentness
6. Why Fast from the Internet?: Finding What Sustains
7. Gaining the Time: Implementing Constraints
8. Quitting the Comparison Game: Reclaiming Delight
9. Coming Close: Trust
10. Introduction to Part Three: The Way Forward
11. Reorienting a Life: Learning Our Lessons Longhand
12. Little Eyes and Ears: Leading by Example
13. Making Space to Create: Discipline Is the Path to Freedom
14. Hereon in: Check in, Check Out
Conclusion: This Will Be Joy
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