Christina Crook's book, The Joy of Missing Out, looks at solutions for living in a wired world. It reveals how key shifts in our thinking can enable us to draw closer to one another, taking up the good burdens of local work and responsibilities. It explores the value of focus, the necessity of viewing the Web as a tool, and the meaning we find in more limited connections. It reconsiders the Western values of power, control, and success, revealing how wonder, trust, and discipline are central to the experience of being human and the keys to our joy.
#JOMO has made Christina a leading voice on a more human relationship with modern technology. Her commentary has appeared in the New York Times, Psychology Today, Women's Health, NPR and the CBC. Her essays and poetry have appeared in UPPERCASE magazine, Utne Reader, the Literary Review of Canada, and Vancouver magazine. She speaks about technology and human flourishing across North America.
She is a TEDx alum and a graduate of the Simon Fraser University School of Communication.
It all started when
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.