How technology changes our brains.

An excellent interview with Nicholas Carr, author of “The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains.” The central thesis of Carr’s book is that the internet hasn’t just changed how we access information, but how our brains treat it:

My brain, I realized, wasn’t just drifting, it was hungry. It was demanding to be fed the same way the net fed it — and the more it was fed, the hungrier it became.

How to find focus and calm by becoming a digital minimalist.

Most of us spend too much time staring at screens, just as most of us spend too much money on things we don’t need. Yet the idea of giving up these things feels like self deprivation.

Minimalism isn’t necessarily about living an austere life though, it’s about being more mindful of how we use our resources. Or as Jory MacKay puts it:

The modern minimalist movement stems from a desire not just for less stuff. But for more control and intention in how we spend our time and energy.

Well worth a read if you’re suffering from smartphone fatigue.