On Value and Digital Minimalism

Cal Newport on the lowest value that technology can provide:

Invented Value. A technology offers you invented value if it solves a problem that you didn’t know existed before the tool came along. A Snapchat user, for example, might note that it’s the most convenient app for keeping friends posted on what you’re up to throughout the day (it doesn’t even require typing!). But this same user, in an age before SnapChat, probably didn’t even know he wanted constant updates from his friends — the app created the behavior that it optimizes.

I’m increasingly finding that most technology that is being created today falls in this category. It’s technology that claims to help, however it does little in the long run to actually improve life.

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