Getting the Information You Need and the Communication You Want, Without Enraging Your Family, Annoying Your Colleagues, and Destroying Your Soul
From the introduction:
"Rather than being forced into a state of perpetual distraction, with all the unhappiness and discontent such a state creates, we can approach information technologies in a way that is mindful and nearly effortless and that contributes to our ability to focus, be creative, and be happy.
"It’s an approach I call contemplative computing.
"The term sounds oxymoronic. What could be less contemplative than today’s technology-intensive environment? What could possibly be less conducive to a clear, meditative state than interactions with computers, cell phones, Facebook, and Twitter?
"Contemplative computing isn’t enabled by a technological breakthrough or scientific discovery. You don’t buy it. You do it."
"The Victorians had nervous anxieties. The Roaring Twenties had psychological breakdowns. In our age, we can't concentrate. We battle to pay attention. We suffer from an illness spawned by our immersion in digital worlds. We are the prisoners of our distractions.... In a perceptive new study of how best to cope with the relentless interruptions presented by digital life, and its costly effects on our ability to stay focused, Alex Soojung-Kim Pang persuasively and carefully constructs a remedy he calls 'contemplative computing.'"
"In this practical guide to better, more 'contemplative computing,' Pang, a historian of technology, teaches readers a valuable set of skills to better enable them to deal with an increasing reliance on ever-more intrusive and distracting forms of mobile technology."
I'm a visiting scholar at Stanford University and Oxford's Saïd Business School. Previously I held fellowships at Microsoft Research Cambridge, University of California-Berkeley, and Williams College. I have a Ph.D. in history of science from the University of Pennsylvania.
I'm a senior consultant at Strategic Business Insights, a Silicon Valley think tank.
My work has appeared in Scientific American, The Atlantic Monthly, American Scholar, Los Angeles Times, and many scholarly journals.