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Tune into the JOMOcast and join founders and creators in embracing the joy of missing out to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

How we live with technology matters. It matters to our work, our relationships, our creativity, and our communities. JOMO is gaining momentum as a conscious choice to disconnect from digital drain and reconnect to the tangible joys of life. Life isn't straight forward and there's no one-size-fits-all solution to finding balance in a wired world. Find yours. Experience joy. With host Christina Crook.

About Christina Crook

Christina Crook is an award-winning author and in-demand speaker with engagements including the Young Presidents’ Organization, World Vision and the All Tech is Human Summit. Her 2015 book, The Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World, helped pioneer the field of digital well-being and established her as a leading voice on technology and human flourishing. Her commentary on technology and daily life has appeared in international media, including The New York Times, Psychology Today and Glamor Brasil. She is widely considered the leader of the global #JOMO movement and is a founding member of the Digital Wellness Collective. Christina co-leads JOMO + Digital Wellness Retreats, a series of events designed to help digitally weary attendees learn to have a healthier relationship with technology.

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Tune into the JOMOcast and join founders and creators in embracing the joy of missing out to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

How we live with technology matters. It matters to our work, our relationships, our creativity, and our communities. JOMO is gaining momentum as a conscious choice to disconnect from digital drain and reconnect to the tangible joys of life. Life isn't straight forward and there's no one-size-fits-all solution to finding balance in a wired world. Find yours. Experience joy. With host Christina Crook.

About Christina Crook

Christina Crook is an award-winning author and in-demand speaker with engagements including the Young Presidents’ Organization, World Vision and the All Tech is Human Summit. Her 2015 book, The Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World, helped pioneer the field of digital well-being and established her as a leading voice on technology and human flourishing. Her commentary on technology and daily life has appeared in international media, including The New York Times, Psychology Today and Glamor Brasil. She is widely considered the leader of the global #JOMO movement and is a founding member of the Digital Wellness Collective. Christina co-leads JOMO + Digital Wellness Retreats, a series of events designed to help digitally weary attendees learn to have a healthier relationship with technology.

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    14: The Joy of Missing Out on Being An Internet Tycoon, with Glitch founder/CEO and JOMO creator Anil Dash

    14: The Joy of Missing Out on Being An Internet Tycoon, with Glitch founder/CEO and JOMO creator Anil Dash

    This episode has been a long time coming… but at the same time, I feel it’s happened exactly when it should.
     
    As we stand at the dawn of 2020, voices are being raised heralding the next decade as “the era of JOMO,” a decade of reassessing and renegotiating the excesses of social media, hyperconnection, and hustle of the past ten years. What was very recently regarded as fringe, unrealistic, or even ignorant criticism of the harm that a completely unconsidered shotgun wedding to technology might bring has begun to be seen as synonymous with wellness, and even human rights.
     
    It was early in that decade that Anil Dash, today the founder and CEO of modular app design startup Glitch, coined the term that brought both the title of my first book and all the work I’ve done in the years since into bright focus:
     
    JOMO. The Joy Of Missing Out.
     
    https://anildash.com/2012/07/19/jomo/
     
    Anil has gone from pioneer of the digital wilderness to townie of the now-ubiquitous web to ombudsman of the digital community with his company’s emphasis on accessible code for one and all. He’s seen the rise of the social media giants, the fall of the quirky, creative underground that defined the early online landscape, and the social and personal harm that has come from taking a wild west of free expression and participation to a labyrinth of gated communities locked down by unimaginably powerful entities with profit as their only motivating force.
     
    On today’s episode, Anil reflects on the past, present, and future of who we are when we’re with our tech, starting with the inception of that crazy little acronym -- JOMO.
     
    In this episode, we discuss:
     
    How the domination of the digital landscape by social media and marketing was neither a natural nor inevitable progression How Anil’s moments of unplugged silence have made him realize how missing out is its own reward The double-edged sword of fame, social influence, and self-censorship The ways mindful tech use can be harnessed for social good How the digital landscape can evolve in the coming decade to build community Why YOU have a part to play in helping individual voices reclaim the web  
    GO DEEPER
     
    Sign up + join the JOMO community at experiencejomo.com for gentle humor, powerful insights, and actionable tools to live joyfully in a digital age.
     
    Favorite Quotes
     
    “Everything is not just a blue box where you put all your photos and they do creepy things with your data. There’s got to be a better way to be online.”
     
    “We have tools that are designed to keep us at a red alert level of intensity, even for something that is meaningless, trivial pop culture ephemera.”
     
    “We can’t just move away from things; we need to move toward things.”
     
    “I’ve deliberately set out not to become famous.”
     
    “Choose what you’re not going to be in the world. Don’t let people outside choose for you what you’re going to be.”
     
    Follow Anil:
     
    Twitter: @anildash
     
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anildash
     
    Function With Anil Dash podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/function-with-anil-dash/id1439658455
     
    Blog: http://anildash.com/
     
    Follow JOMO:
     
    Instagram: @experience_jomo
     
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    If you want to be empowered to experience the joy of missing out in your daily life, become a JOMO member and engage directly with Christina at www.patreon.com/jomocast
     

    • 1 hr 12 min
    13: The Joy of Missing Out on Burnout, with Folk Rebellion founder Jess Davis

    13: The Joy of Missing Out on Burnout, with Folk Rebellion founder Jess Davis

    Folk Rebellion founder Jess Davis and I reconnected after she emerged from a year-long hermitage away from the impossible pace of her work building a ‘hustle-free movement.’ A stress-induced heart condition, which caused her to collapse in an airport between speaking engagements, was telling her that enough was enough. Jess’ Folk Rebellion is an expression of the very problems that her hustle-induced illness caused: that the way we relate to technology right now is not serving us at all. 
     
    Exactly one year ago, Jess wrote:
     
    “The zeitgeist is here. People are waking up. Thought leaders are joining the conversation. Brands are hopping on the moment. Tech companies are starting to acknowledge the humans in their users.
     
    Seth Godin says it’s a digital swirl with an enormous cognitive load we haven’t figured out yet
    Vitamin Water is giving $100,000 to anyone who cannot touch a smartphone in 2019 - and prove it with a lie detector...lululemon updated their messaging on their bag and now includes digital well-being.
     
    This was all I wanted. An awakening. A Rebellion.
     
    And yet. We aren’t anywhere where we need to be. We are digitally overwhelmed. The internet has turned everyone into a product for selling. Talking heads everywhere hawking their goods and services and expertise. Us included. I can’t help but think we are a part of the problem. That maybe abstinence is the only way.”
     
    And then she disappeared from the Internet. Until now.
     
    In this episode, we discuss:


    Where Jess went and why The next move for Folk Rebellion How hustle culture is literally killing us How a health breakdown and a digital detox made Jess realize the destructive effects of her relationship to technology How to negotiate the desire for opportunity and the ability to create change with the hidden costs and distortion of the messages we seek to bring to the world  
    GO DEEPER 
    Sign up + join the JOMO community at experiencejomo.com for gentle humor, powerful insights, and actionable tools to live joyfully in a digital age. 
     
    Favorite Quotes
     
    “I’m less talking about the technology, and more talking about what’s lost or gained due to your relationship with it.”
     
    “Now, anyone can write anything, everywhere… that’s a great thing, and that’s also an awful thing.”
     
    “Deep thoughts are becoming little snippets all over the place that are now being cannibalized and used by the marketing industry.”
     
    “My joy is first and foremost in owning my time.”
     
    Follow Jess Davis + Folk Rebellion: 
    Folk Rebellion: https://www.folkrebellion.com/
    https://folkrebellion.substack.com/p/coming-soon
    Instagram: @folkrebellion
     
    Follow JOMO:
    Instagram: @experience_jomo


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    If you enjoyed this episode, we’d love your support. Subscribe + Write a 5-star review. Every rating helps attract new listeners, which helps us keep making the show! 

    If you want to be empowered to experience the joy of missing out in your daily life, become a JOMO member and engage directly with Christina at www.patreon.com/jomocast

    • 43 min
    12: The Joy of Delayed Gratification, with John Morse-Brown

    12: The Joy of Delayed Gratification, with John Morse-Brown

    Letters are intimate and a delight to receive.
     
    Thanks to their miraculous homing instincts, pigeons have a long and honourable track record delivering letters. The ancient Greeks sent them out to broadcast the names of victorious athletes at the original Olympic Games. And Julius Caesar employed pigeon post during his conquest of Gaul. In recent centuries, of course – ever since 1660, when King Charles II established the Post Office – the poor old pigeon’s been somewhat edged out. 
     
    My guest today, thinks it’s time to reintroduce Pigeon Post.
     
    Graphic designer John Morse-Brown is the creator of Pigeon, a line of stationery designed to revive the tradition of letter writing, updated for the modern age. They combine John’s love of origami, great design, and his passion for bringing back the art of beautiful, intentional, personal written communication.
     
    John came up with the idea of Pigeon after falling out of love with social media. For all of the frenetic activity he and his friends were putting in, he felt wasn’t fostering any genuine sense of connection. There was something about it that left him feeling hollow and empty. So he took the plunge and closed his social media accounts. But then a good friend of his moved from Britain to the USA. Until then, apart from trips to the pub (which were no longer possible), they’d only really communicated on Facebook, which meant John needed a new way of keeping in touch with his friend. That made him think about letters.
     
    Compared with posting online, letter writing creates quite a few hurdles: laying hands-on writing paper, finding an envelope, an address, a stamp. Then there’s the tyranny of the empty page. How on earth do you start?  
     
    John realized he had the opportunity to reinvent the letter. 
     
    In this episode, we discuss:


    How John walked away from social media and revived letter writing to stay in contact with friends How communicating more narrowly and deeply transforms our message into something intimate and desirable How delayed gratification enhances the experience of receiving communication, and increases its value to the giver and recipient How communication doesn’t have to be big, impressive, or unusual to be valuable and appreciated  
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    Sign up at experiencejomo.com for gentle humor, powerful insights, and actionable tools for you to live joyfully online and off. 
     
    Favorite Quotes:
     
    “It feels like it’s a product of joy.”
    “We may think we are more connected than ever… I think we’re actually less connected because of the medium.”
    “There are so many little things you could talk about that fill you with joy, that are amazing, and they’re all little, but together they form this experience that you just don’t get in any other medium.”
     
    Follow John Morse-Brown: 
    Pigeon Store: https://pigeonposted.com
    Pigeon Feed Blog: https://pigeonposted.com/blog/
    Instagram: @realpigeonposted
     
    Follow JOMO:
    Instagram: @experience_jomo
     
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    If you want to be empowered to experience the joy of missing out in your daily life, become a JOMO member and engage directly with Christina at Patreon.com/experiencejomo.

    • 30 min
    11: How to Live Joyfully Online and Off, with Ingrid Fetell Lee

    11: How to Live Joyfully Online and Off, with Ingrid Fetell Lee

    Ingrid Fetell Lee is the author of Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness, and the site The Aesthetics of Joy, where she shares amazing actionable tips and essays about how we can find joy absolutely everywhere around us. She’s also been a speaker on TED Talks and brings more than a decade of experience in design and branding to showing audiences how to make life more beautiful and joyful. 
     
    In this episode, we discuss:


    - How we can (and should) create joy intentionally
    - How committing to the present builds a climate of joy
    - How joy creates health, resilience, and can create lasting happiness
    - How we can find joy almost anywhere- off- and online
     
    Favorite Quotes
     
    “At the root of it, joy isn’t just something we have to find, it’s something we can create… for ourselves and for others.”
     
    “Fundamentally, when we’re in the present is when we’re most likely to feel joyful.”
     
    “When we share joy, our joy intensifies.”
     
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    Sign up at experiencejomo.com for gentle humor, powerful insights, and actionable tools for you to find joy each and every day. Join the JOMO community and discover all the wonderful ways you can transform your life and find well-being and success.
     
    Follow Ingrid: 
    The Aesthetics of Joy - https://www.aestheticsofjoy.com/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ingridfetelllee/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ingridfetell/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ingridfetell
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ingridfetell
     
    Follow JOMO:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/experience_jomo/ 
     
    Do you love JOMO? We need your support. Subscribe on iTunes (or wherever you listen) and write us a review. Every rating helps us attract new listeners, which helps us to keep making the show!
     
    If you want to be empowered to experience the joy of missing out in your daily life, become a JOMO member and engage directly with Christina at www.patreon.com/experiencejomo

    • 48 min
    10: The Joy of Entering Into Rest, with Christina Malecka

    10: The Joy of Entering Into Rest, with Christina Malecka

    Christina Malecka is the founder of Digital Mindfulness Retreats. She hails from Seattle, a city that she has seen transform dramatically over her lifetime with the arrival of Amazon and the massive influx of the technorati. She has a psychotherapy practice rooted in her experience as a community environmental activist, which she characterizes as a “macro to micro shift to social change.” Christina has observed her clients evolve through the tech revolution, struggling with the anxiety, FOMO, and general distress that results from a toxic relationship to social media and technology.
     
    As Max Stossel recently put it: “Social media has poured gasoline on the embers of our “not-enoughness.” Enough said. 
     
    In this episode, we discuss:
     
    - How social interactions through digital platforms deprive us of the social cues like voice and body language essential to human understanding
    - How the “always-on” expectation of social media and the tech industry causes us to live in a state of continuous stress
    - How the experiential model of retreats is an effective approach for personal change and growth beyond therapy and self-hacking
    - How the stress state caused by toxic engagements with technology rewire us for unhappiness and anxiety at the most basic levels
    - How social media is designed to take maximum advantage of our ability to be manipulated by stress and reward
    - BONUS: Christina Malecka leads us through a 10-minute meditation to move us from fight-or-flight mode into resting state
     
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    Sign up at experiencejomo.com for gentle humor, powerful insights, and actionable tools for you to find joy each and every day. Join the JOMO community and discover all the wonderful ways you can transform your life and find well-being and success.
     
    Favorite Quotes
    “On social media, we’re looking for validation, and we’re not getting it in an embodied way… we go there to feel a sense of connection, but physiologically, we don’t get it.”
     
    “If we want to be spending less time on screens, we have to have a sense of what else is important to us.”
     
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    Follow Christina Malecka: 
    https://www.christinamalecka.com/
    https://www.digitalmindfulnessretreats.com/
     
    Call to Action
    If this episode sparked some new ideas, I would love your support. Subscribe in iTunes (or wherever you listen) and write us a review. Every rating helps us attract new listeners, which helps us to keep making the show! 
     
    If you want to be empowered to experience the joy of missing out in your daily life, become a JOMO member and engage directly with Christina at www.patreon.com/experiencejomo

    • 51 min
    9: The Joy of Time Well Spent, with Cristian Villamarin and Alanna Harvey

    9: The Joy of Time Well Spent, with Cristian Villamarin and Alanna Harvey

    Cristian Villamarin and Alanna Harvey are the creative minds behind Flipd, the app that demonstrates how digital well-being and productivity are naturally compatible- and how JOMO is not about turning your back on tech, but changing your relationship to it to one that’s intentional, healthy, and positive.
     
    Flipd is a productivity package that includes social interaction, education, and tools that don’t just help users stop wasting their time on unintentional phone use, but also reinforce, motivate, and support. 
     
    As they promote Flipd, Cristian and Alanna have seen tech addiction rear its ugly head- there’s surprising resistance to aids like Flipd from people who need it the most. In the end, helping users achieve success- however they define it- and emphasizing reinforcement and a supportive culture win fans over.
     
    Topics covered:
    Launching and leading a successful start-up while holding space for active hobbies and relationships outside of work Building healthy tech habits as a couple (they have some awesome suggestions) Importance of HOW you build a business (at least as important as WHY)  Framing behavioral change positively is always more effective Phone and tech addiction provokes the same defensive, self-defeating mechanisms as other addictions Letting people stay in control and being respectful of their goals works better than coercion A supportive, accountable community is often what people seeking behavior change yearn for the most Maximizing feedback, measurement, and metrics helps people clearly define and stay motivated to be intentional about their phones  
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    Want to experience the joy of missing out in your daily life? We'll send you playful prompts to brighten your day, expand your mind, and push you outside into the real world. We all need a little nudge. Sign up at experiencejomo.com.
     
    Favorite Quotes
    “We’re very focused on time well spent and the activities people are doing- whatever time well spent means to you: studying, sleeping, exercising, we all have a different definition, but it’s setting the intention, “I’m going to put my phone away to do X.”
     
    “I spoke an educator the other day who’s calling his 2008-2014 teaching years his golden years, and that everything since then has just completely fallen apart… no one is engaged, students are coming to class not answering questions… he’s a great teacher but literally can’t get people to not use their phones.”
     
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    Hover has a domain name for whatever you’re passionate about. Get 10% off your first domain name, and start laying the groundwork for your next big idea, by visiting hover.com/jomocast.
     
    Follow Cristian, Alanna, and Flipd: 
    https://www.flipdapp.co/
     
    Call to Action
    If this episode sparked some new ideas, I would love your support. Subscribe in iTunes (or wherever you listen) and write us a review. Every rating helps us attract new listeners, which helps us to keep making the show! 

    If you want to be empowered to experience the joy of missing out in your daily life, become a JOMO member and engage directly with Christina at www.patreon.com/experiencejomo.

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

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Love this podcast

Thank you to Christina for such a great podcast! Every episode has brought a new and worthwhile perspective to my life. While I’m not terribly attached to my phone, I still find Christina’s conversations to be relevant and inspiring. I so appreciate the focus: finding joy and missing out on the right things. Thank you for this important podcast!

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Thought-provoking and interesting!

As a self-proclaimed lover of technology, this series really challenged me in my relationship to everything around me. The curation of guest speakers was especially interesting to listen to. Highly reccommend.

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Timely. Necessary.

A listen that is actually a reminder to claim what means most to me and to pursue those things. This is not only inspiring. Christina provides practical tools.

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