Better Off

Better Off

Flipping the Switch on Technology

Book - 2004
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What is the least we need to achieve the most? With this question in mind, MIT graduate Eric Brende flipped the switch on technology. He and his wife, Mary, ditched their car, electric stove, refrigerator, running water, and everything else motorized or "hooked to the grid," and spent eighteen months living in a remote community so primitive in its technology that even the Amish consider it antiquated.

Better Off is the story of their real-life experiment to see whether our cell phones, wide-screen TVs, and SUVs have made life easier -- or whether life would be preferable without them. This smart, funny, and enlightening book mingles scientific analysis with the human story to demonstrate how a world free of technological excess can shrink stress -- and waistlines -- and expand happiness, health, and leisure.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2004.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060570057
9780060570040
0060570040
Branch Call Number: 303.483 Brende 2004
Characteristics: 233 p.;,24cm.

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Freebird12 Feb 12, 2012

This was an intriguing read. A man and his wife go Minimalist for 18 months, changing perspectives on how much we really need to get by. This challenges our consumerism lifestyles and makes us realize we really could be 'better off' without so much technology.

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c_anderson
Oct 31, 2011

A humane and thought-provoking book. Doing more with less, reconnecting with people and with one's own abilities. I recommend it highly!

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heather333
Jan 27, 2010

I love this book. It inspired me to take a closer look at how much I personally used technology that was unnecessary at best and more trouble than it's worth at worst. For instance, did I really need an electric can opener? Was opening a can with a manual opener really that taxing?

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