Introducing my new book: “The Digital Diet: A four-step plan to break your tech addiction and regain balance in your life” (Crown/Three Rivers). It’s now available at select bookstores and online for e-books (yes, that’s OK as part of the digital diet).
Also, mark your calendar for the NYC launch of my forthcoming book, taking place during the evening of May 4. The event will feature a conversation between me, CBS Early Show co-anchor Erica Hill, and MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts. You can find more information here.
You can pre-order at these bookstores and online.
“Even the most tech-savvy among us — especially the most tech-savvy among us — can get overwhelmed by the barrage of data, doodads, and distractions that increasingly rule our lives. Thank goodness, then, for Daniel Sieberg, who offers simple, useful, and readable tips for restoring technology to its proper role. Read this book and remember: You control your gadgets, not the other way around.”
– Jason Tanz, Senior Editor at Wired magazine
“This book is brisk, lively, and smart. It’s also deeply important: many of of us use technology too much, without realizing it. Sieberg has had his own problems with overuse and overload, and now he’s emerged with a very sensible set of solutions for helping people restore balance to their lives. It’s the rare diet book that might actually work.”
– Nicholas Thompson, Senior Editor, The New Yorker
“In “The Digital Diet”, Daniel Sieberg offers strategies to help us address our tech-dependence and learn to live peacefully with technology. Through well-researched data and guided exercises, he provides a new way to think about, and ultimately change, our connection to the digital world. This book is fun, informed, and incredibly user-friendly.”
Dr. Katherine L. Muller, PsyD, ABPP
Board Certified in Cognitive and Behavioral Psychotherapy
Center for Integrative Psychotherapy
“Anyone who thinks he or she doesnt need a digital diet is in denial. Daniel [or ‘Sieberg’ depending on style of the blurbs] nails the sad truth of what our tech-triggered ADD has done to us and offers solutions for breaking away–and re-incorporating these same tools in a healthier, more meaningful way. If you’ve got your nose in your blackberry as you read this, this book is for you.”
– Leigh Gallagher, Assistant Managing Editor, Fortune
“THE DIGITAL DIET is a book packed with wisdom you can put to use right away. It gives you the power to take a huge weight off your shoulders — and regain control of your life. Sieberg clearly loves technology, and shows how to make it work for you, not you for it.”
– Will Schwalbe, Co-Author of SEND: Why People Email So Badly and How to Do it Better
I had a great experience reading and going through The Digital Diet. Before learning about the book, I definitely realized that our current digital lifestyle had changed the way I thought, worked, and interacted with other people… and not always for the better. I felt myself constantly flipping from screen to screen, website to website and finding it much harder to sit down and read a book for longer than 10 minutes before I passed out at night. And while Facebook facilitated reconnecting with old friends and sending out photos of what I was up to, catch-up phone calls with family and friends almost never happened anymore. Dinners out were spent gazing into 3 inch screens instead of having meaningful conversation. So yes, something had to be done. This book provided just the roadmap I needed to dig my way out.
I really appreciated how Daniel pulled from his own personal experience struggling with this because I’m fighting the same battle. There’s a clear plan laid out here that not only forces you to step away from the digital devices but also consider the role they play in one’s life. The detox phase certainly did its job… Going dark on Facebook was the biggest help for me. I probably needed to be even more spartan in my detox approach as I did find myself filling the time I used to spend surfing the web with even more TV (which was allowed) as I decompressed away from work. Aside from that, all the recommendations here were right on the money for me. There are also some great, practical tools that Daniel recommends (notably RescueTime) that I will make part of my digital life going forward. All in all, I think the book is an effective antidote to many of the negative changes that the always-on digital lifestyle has introduced to our lives.
READ THESE REVIEWS ONLINE
USA Today/First Monday
By Michelle Archer
Do you feel a little panicky if your smartphone isn’t on you? Is your spouse more familiar with the top of your head than with your eyes? Do you suspect you have too many Facebook friends and too few real friendships?
Sieberg has been there. As a tech reporter, Sieberg says, he was so engrossed in the latest and greatest things that he “wasn’t aware of what my tech addiction was doing to my relationships until I almost needed an intervention.”
Reviewed April 15, 2011
Former CBS and CNN technology correspondent recognizes what is lost in a multitasking, digitally obsessed world and outlines suggestions to help people reclaim their lives.
Packed with helpful tips, examples of exercises one can do while incorporating their gadgets and recommendations for apps and software that help achieve positive technology management, Sieberg sets the reader on a path for success.
USA Today/Technology Live
By John Swartz
Daniel Sieberg, a contributor to ABC, BBC and MSNBC, has come up with a handy solution: The Digital Diet: The 4-Step Plan to Break Your Tech Addiction and Regain Balance in Your Life.
The 28-day plan was fashioned by Sieberg, who describes himself as a recovering addict of online gaming (World of Warcraft), social networks (Facebook, Twitter), “CrackBerry” (BlackBerry), iPhone, and so many more distracting endeavors.
With his nifty new book, he’s given overburdened consumers some sound advice.