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

Tom Chatfield , The School of Life
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10 May 2012 The School of Life

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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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (10 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447202317
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447202318
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tom Chatfield is an author, commentator and technology theorist. He has written books on the culture of video gaming, new media and politics and the history of digital ideas. Tom has worked for a range of companies including Google, Six to Start and Intervox, and has spoken at forums including TED Global, the RSA and the World IT Congress. For more, see

The School of Life is a London-based enterprise that is dedicated to the most useful ideas relevant to the dilemmas of everyday life. We consider questions like: How can we fulfil our potential? Can work be inspiring? Why does community matter? Can relationships last a lifetime? We don’t have all the answers, but we will direct you towards a variety of useful ideas – from philosophy to literature, psychology to the visual arts – that are guaranteed to stimulate, provoke, nourish and console.

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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
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
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Defines the problem 27 Jun 2014
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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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