Feb. 12, 2019

Cal Newport on Digital Technology, Distraction and Focus

Cal Newport on Digital Technology, Distraction and Focus

Cal Newport talks about digital minimalism and using digital technology to support your goals and values, rather than letting it use you.


Cal Newport is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University, and the author most recently of Deep Work, a book which argues that focus is the new I.Q. in the modern workplace, and So Good They Can’t Ignore You, a book which debunks the long-held belief that “follow your passion” is good advice.

Cal’s new book is Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World

In this conversation, Cal and Erik talk about the premise of the book: Technology is intrinsically neither good nor bad. The key is using it to support your goals and values, rather than letting it use you.