Authoring the must-read wellness book, The Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World, has made Christina Crook a leading voice on a more human relationship with modern technology. Her essays and commentary on technology and our daily lives appears in Psychology Today, Women's Health, the New York Times, Utne Reader, Literary Review of Canada, UPPERCASE, NPR, Global TV, CBC Radio, and more. She speaks regularly across North America.
A selection of Christina's features, poetry and essays
Christina Crook is a storyteller on a mission to show people overwhelmed by today’s technologically-saturated culture how to live with a sense of peace, intentionality and joy.
In 2012 she disabled the data on her smartphone, turned off her email and said goodbye to the Internet for 31 days. This experience, chronicled as the project, Letters from a Luddite, garnered international media attention and fuelled Christina's passion for exploring the intersection of technology, relationships and joy.
Her 2015 book, The Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World, has made her a leading voice in a growing movement towards a more human relationship with modern technology. Her cultural commentary on technology and daily life has appeared in print and on air from The New York Times to Psychology Today, Utne Reader, NPR, CTV Morning News, Sirius XM New York, and over 20 CBC programs, including The Current.
The book has international reach with executive teams now using the book in their wellness programs as far away as Poland. It resonates with individuals, businesses (small and large,) organizations and corporations all trying to navigate the digital/social world, many of whom find it overwhelming. Bestselling author Dr. Susan Biali called #JOMO “a timely and much-needed reflection on the potential shadow side of our online lives” in Psychology Today.
For 15 years, Crook has worked for some of Canada’s most recognized media organizations, including the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Rogers Digital Media. She is a graduate of the Simon Fraser University School of Communication and her TEDx talk, Letting Go of Technology: Pursuing a People-focused Future, was presented as part of the 2013 Global TEDx Women Conference.
Her writing is sought-after in print where her feature essays and interviews appear in Huffington Post Lifestyle, UPPERCASE magazine, CBC.ca, Today's Parent, Geez, Literary Review of Canada and Faith Today.
A few years ago Crook traded the seaside views of Bowen Island, BC for Toronto’s Junction neighbourhood where she now lives with her husband and three young children. She prefers traveling on foot.