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Seek activities that require real-world social interactions – Cal Newport describes the interaction between the internet and leisure as a renaissance. Every individual has more leisure options at their disposal than ever before. The internet can be a positive thing if used to find genuine social interaction in the physical world.
Digital technology should be present but subordinated to a support role.
Cal Newport explains that technology reduces the time you spend alone with your thoughts. Avoiding others’ minds intruding on your own is crucial for effective solitude. Solitude also requires you to move past reacting to information created by other people. Instead, you must focus on your own thoughts and experiences.
1. You will realize you are better able to establish new ideas
2. You will develop a better understanding of the self
3. You will obtain a closeness with others that you previously were unable to obtain.
This should not be a gradual process. Instead, a rapid transformation is a better process of digital decluttering. Here is the step-by-step process of decluttering provided by Cal Newport:
Put aside 30 days to take a break from technologies that are not essential.
Use these 30 days to learn new skills, activities and behaviors that you find meaningful.
At the end of the break, you can start reintroducing technologies by starting with your blank slate.
For each technology you reintroduce, you must determine the value it serves in your life and how you will maximize this value.
Do not view this period as a detox and nothing else. Instead, use this time to learn about yourself and your relationship with technology. Use it as a period to improve your relationship with the digital world.
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