The Joy of Missing Out
Through historical data, typewritten letters, chapter challenges and personal accounts, The Joy of Missing Out, leads us on a unique exploration of the modern world, revealing how presentness, intentionality and limited connections are the keys to our joy. Featured in Psychology Today, The New York Times, Utne Reader, NPR, CBC, BBC.com, Glamour Brasil and more.
The Joy Missing Out
Finding Balance in a wired World
There's no doubt that technology has overrun our lives. Over the past few decades, the world has embraced "progress" and we're living with the resultant clicking, beeping, anxiety-inducing frenzy. But a creative backlash is gathering steam, helping us cope with the avalanche of data that threatens to overwhelm us daily through our computers, tablets and smartphones.
The Joy of Missing Out considers the technologically focused life, with its impacts on our children, relationships, communities, health, work and more, and suggests opportunities for those of us longing to cultivate a richer on- and off-line existence. By examining the connected world through the lens of her own internet fast, author Christina Crook creates a convincing case for increasing intentionality in our day-to-day lives. Using historical data, typewritten letters, chapter challenges and personal accounts, she invites us to explore a new way of living, beyond our steady state of distracted "connectedness."
Most of us can't throw away our smartphone or cut ourselves off from the Internet. But we can all rethink our relationship with the digital world, discovering new ways of introducing balance and discipline to the role of technology in our lives.
The Joy of Missing Out is a must-read for anyone wishing to rediscover quietness of mind, and seeking a sense of peace amidst the cacophony of the modern world.
"A must read."
- Psychology Today
"Christina Crook has crafted a well-researched, utterly readable field guide to finding quiet, and, ultimately, ourselves, within today's electronic cacophony."
- Mike Tennant, co-creator of CBC's The Age of Persuasion
"Finely drawn from experience and research."
- Dr. Laurie Petrou, School of Media, Ryerson University
"A life-changer for anyone experiencing the pressure and disconnection of a fast-paced, media-saturated culture."
- Rachel Macy Stafford, New York Times Best-selling Author of Hands Free Mama
"The Joy of Missing Out reclaims sacred space for all things blessedly human, and I highly recommend it to readers."
- Jen Pollock Michel, author, Teach Us to Want, winner Christianity Today's Book of the Year
"Beautifully written. The Joy of Missing Out will encourage you to rediscover the pleasure of life, unplugged."
- Janine Vangool, publisher and editor, UPPERCASE magazine
"In its own way, The Joy of Missing Out is our age's sequel to The Joy of Cooking and The Joy of Sex. Who knew you could gain so much by selectively giving up so little?"
- Dr. Read Mercer Schuchardt, Associate Professor of Communication, Wheaton College
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