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How to Thrive in the Digital Age (The School of Life) [Kindle Edition]

Tom Chatfield , The School Of Life
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Over the last decade, through digital media, we have crossed a number of significant thresholds: the interconnection of over half of the world’s adult population through mobile telephony and the internet and the devotion of more than half the waking hours of a western generation to mediated experience. Yet little mainstream thought has been given to what these transitions signify for the business of daily living; and what thought there has been too often focuses on grand claims of loss or gain. This book asks what it means not simply to live within a digital century, but to live well with it and within it. Unlike most other contemporary accounts, it is neither a tale of technology doom nor glory, but a pragmatic guide to what questions we need to ask of the world around us; what it might mean to answer these; and what practical steps might allow us all both to choose and to use the tools at our disposal, and to live within a digital century in as fully human a sense as possible.

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Our world is, increasingly, a digital one. Over half of the planet’s adult population now spend more of their waking hours ‘plugged in’ than not, whether to the internet, mobile telephony, or other digital media. To email, text, tweet and blog our way through our careers, relationships and even our family lives is now the status quo. But what effect is this need for constant connection really having? For the first time, Tom Chatfield examines what our wired life is really doing to our minds and our culture - and offers practical advice on how we can hope to prosper in a digital century. One in the new series of books from The School of Life, launched May 2012: How to Stay Sane by Philippa Perry How to Find Fulfilling Work by Roman Krznaric How to Worry Less About Money by John Armstrong How to Change the World by John-Paul Flintoff How to Thrive in the Digital Age by Tom Chatfield How to Think More About Sex by Alain de Botton

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 634 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (10 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007L23U8E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #136,489 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Take time to think - and unplug 21 Jan 2013
Format:Paperback
I found on first reading this book, I was a little disappointed. I think I expected more depth from a series called 'The School of Life'. However, upon a second read of the book, I realised the power of the book is to act as a springboard to generate your own ideas and conclusions. As such, this is a great book. I found it to be an interesting (and quick) read that made me think about how much my digital world intrudes into my real world. My main take-out was to consider how much time I spend in front of shiny gadgets vs. time with friends and family, then take steps to redress the balance. As the publishers say, it won't give you all the answers, but it will stimulate you to form your own.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this book for three reasons; 1) it's a thought provoking read that invites you to reassess your relationship with the digital world 2) it is a quick and interesting read that is easy to dip into for reference or to generate new ideas and 3) it has numerous useful links to great websites to help make life easier and some very interesting further reading (particularly if you're a SciFi fan)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Play and the Internet City 4 Jun 2012
By Mark
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
There are two concepts in this book that really appealed to me, the value of play and the metaphor of the internet as a growing city where no one is in overall control.

There is a lot to learn from the value of play and why we enjoy the reward of online gaming so much. The idea of more feedback and ways to track and recognize progress were most useful to me and have great application in training and development.

The metaphor of the current state of the internet as a growing city with it's many districts makes the whole concept easier to understand. Just like a real city there are the business areas, many social meeting areas, plentiful entertainment and also the less reputable ghettos (well covered in the book) - which it's good to know have much less screen time than the doom mongers predict.

Overall I liked this little book. I agree with an earlier review that a little more detail and a few more stories would have added the finishing touches. The one advantage of a less scripted journey is that I felt allowed to find my own meaning in the ideas and on reflection this may have been the author's intention. I think the book will appeal most to the generation that has grown up alongside the digital age/internet and want to find a healthy way to stay connected in both the virtual and real worlds.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Defines the problem 27 Jun 2014
By AngieT
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
but does not go a long way to offering a solution. Still a very interesting read. Will try some mroe in the series.
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