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I may not be the best one to objectively review this book. Being very much old school, we didn't have a TV until I was twelve. I still value my quiet time--disliking the sound of a ringing phone, being constantly available for anyone who chooses to call (I often leave my cell phone at home) and I find social networks like Twitter and Facebook too fast and too "busy" to remain calm while engaging in them. However, I am surrounded by technology and have daily contact, even within my own home, of people who can't seem to function without it. Multi-tasking is a way of life, I rarely see a pair of eyes when talking --or get a full sentence answer. I could go on and on. The human race has lost track of the joy of silence and the serenity of time alone.
Taking into account the shorter attention span of most people these days, The Digital Diet is written in sections that can be read in a minute or two and picked back up later. The steps in the action plan are small ones that are meant to help break the habit of digital dependence without causing a shock to society's overloaded senses. The purpose of this book is not to take society back into the Dark Ages, but to help everyone be able to enjoy the things we now have yet still keep in touch with family and friends. For example, Day 18's exercise is to send five emails to people you truly care about and letting them know that. This isn't a "I love you guys" post on a group, but a personal email to someone special.
Daniel Sieberg writes without judgment, from a place only those who have been through the fire can write. His words resonated with a truth that will immediately draw readers in and help them look at their lives clearly, without judgment, excuse or blame. Through self-questioning, brief quizzes and other similar exercises, the reader can see just how much he or she depends upon technology. Further, the reader will see what damage may have already been done, emotionally, socially and physically, with this dependence.
Mostly, however, the reader will learn how to enhance their life with technology. They learn how to integrate it into a well-rounded and full life -- without making technology their life. By listing both the pros and cons of various technological items, the author allows readers to examine and decide for themselves whether a certain item is truly necessary or can be limited. He does not make the choices for readers--only lays out the facts.
I believe this book should be in every home throughout the world. It is a book that every person can read and see, if not themselves, than someone they love within its pages. I truly believe the daily stress that is present in the world would be greatly reduced if that were te case.
The Digital Diet earns six colors on the Rainbow Scale.
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