Who are you?
Hi, I am a medical doctor and an academic clinical researcher working in the UK.
Why are you doing this?
I am unhappy with my relationship with the internet and feel addicted to my phone. Perhaps more perniciously, my brain is addicted to novel stimuli in the form of distraction. There is a background buzz of anxiety that pervades my life, and I feel my internet habits are a contributing factor.
The internet in many ways is perhaps the greatest tool available to us. Unregulated, I also believe it is one of the most damaging tools in its ability to fundamentally impact our cognition.
What is this blog about?
Fundamentally, this blog documents my commitment to one year of living an intentional life with the philosophy of digital minimalism.
What is digital minimalism?
Cal Newport, in his book titled ‘Digital Minimalism’ defines it as:
A philosophy of technology use in which you focus your online time on a small number of carefully selected and optimised activities that strongly support things you value, and then happily miss our on everything else.
I look at it more from the virtue of intentionalism. Am I being intentional and deliberate with how I am spending my time on the internet?
I start this experiment on the day the book is released, and it is one I encourage you to read and digest. There are few people I am am indebted to as much as Cal. His ideas on his ‘Study Hacks’ blog completely redefined and changed my perspective on work nearly a decade ago when I was in medical school. I credit him and his ideas with much of my success.