From user alancontreras in the article's comment section: "
'Merton also wrote, in a letter to Czeslaw Milosz, "I have never seen TV, that is never watched it. Once when I did happen to pass in front of a set I saw the commercial that was on: two little figures were dancing around worshipping a roll of toilet paper, chanting a hymn in its honor. I think this is symbolic enough, isn’t it?”'
I've effectively separated myself from social media. Since 2017 I don't have Twitter, Facebook or any "traditional" social media.
The only times I ever think of my smartphone are when I actually need to send a message to someone. I don't always find it instantly, sometimes I forget it in another room, in my backpack. etc.
I have only two digital vices: Youtube and Hacker News.
I don't even know why I watch Youtube, it feels like I've already watched every video worth watching. My favorite channels are Vsauce, 3Blue1Brown, austin mccconnel, exurb1a, live Overflow, Tom Scott but they don't upload as often as I would like (would I?).
As for Hacker news, it feels like part of my identity now. I probably send like 300 HTTP requests a day to this site. I'm kind of obsessed with it.
Digital minimalism to me is using the minimum viable digital footprint as part of minimising my meatspace footprint. Which I am admittedly terrible at. But I still think it's a good idea :) I <3 My Kindle tho, I prefer my fiction as audio and non-fiction on ebook. My dead tree library is mostly out-of-print computing / programming texts from the 60s-80s.