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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,, 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.

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"A must read."

- Psychology Today

"The Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World has left a lasting impression on me. This book has inspired me to end each day with this question: “What today was most life-giving and what was most life-taking?” Christina Crook provides both the proof and the inspiration to invest in real-life experiences and establish healthy tech/life balance. The Joy of Missing Out has motivated me to pause several times a day and intentionally choose activities that connect me to the people I love and the life I want to live. I highly recommend this book to anyone experiencing the pressure and disconnection in our fast-paced, media-saturated culture."

- Rachel Macy Stafford, New York Times bestselling author of Hands Free Life, USA

“We’re all extremely busy, especially as professional women, we’re juggling 8 different hats at any given moment and what’s happening right now, with our smartphones and tablets, is we’re filling the little windows where we have a moment to exhale, to stop and pause with check-ins on social media. Embracing JOMO, gives you the freedom to step away from your devices and really live in the moment, to connect with people around you and to finally realise that technology should be used as a tool instead of a constant companion.”

— Business O Feminin, Paris

"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

"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