First Friday: Digital Minimalism


April 5, 2024    
8:00 am - 9:30 am


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2018 Avenue B, San Antonio, Texas, 78215

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Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World
by Cal Newport
Presented by: Mari Weymouth

The book presents a compelling case for a mindful approach to technology, advocating for a philosophy of digital minimalism. This minimalist approach encourages individuals to critically evaluate and reduce their digital consumption to essential tools that genuinely add value to their lives, counteracting the pervasive digital overload many experience.

Newport identifies the crux of the problem as the constant distractions from smartphones, social media, and emails, which fragment our attention and detract from our well-being. He argues that tech companies design their products to maximize user engagement, often at the expense of our time and attention.

To combat this, Newport introduces a three-step process for embracing digital minimalism: decluttering one’s digital life through a 30-day digital detox, optimizing technology use with intentional strategies, and replacing mindless digital consumption with high-quality leisure activities that align with personal values. The detox involves a critical evaluation of each digital tool to keep only those that are truly essential, while optimization includes setting specific rules for technology use, such as scheduled times for checking emails and social media and turning off unnecessary notifications.

Newport emphasizes the importance of engaging in meaningful activities outside the digital realm, such as connecting with nature, pursuing hobbies, and fostering real-life relationships. These pursuits not only enrich our lives but also provide a fulfilling counterbalance to the often superficial interactions facilitated by digital platforms.

In essence, “Digital Minimalism” is a guide to reclaiming focus and enhancing personal growth by adopting a selective and purposeful use of technology. Newport’s philosophy offers a pathway to a more intentional and satisfying life in the digital age, encouraging readers to prioritize depth and quality in their digital engagements and personal lives.


Friday, April 5, 2024
Presentation: 8:00 AM – 9:15 AM (US Central Time)

Meet Life Long Learners and Open Discussion:
9:15 AM – 9:30 AM (US Central Time)

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Wittigs Building
2018 Ave B, Suite 200, San Antonio, Texas

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