The Joy of Missing Out

Finding Balance in a Wired World

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The Joy of Missing Out is a highly praised book by Canadian author Christina Crook that reveals how the keys to our joy come from intentional connections and presence, not from our smartphones.

Callus on the Brain


I received this kind note from Professor of English, Dennis Venerus, who first felt disquieted by the overuse of tech tools nearly a decade ago:


Just wanted to drop you a note to tell you how much I enjoyed your excellent book, The Joy of Missing Out.

It really resonated with me.  Going back a few years, I was an Engineer and Senior Technology Strategist at a major telecom firm, when I grew increasingly disquieted at the direction a lot of the services and features were taking.  I took a leave of absence from work in 2007 and then was able to retire early.  I published this piece in the Globe and Mail back in February 2008 and thought you might enjoy reading it if you hadn't seen it previously.

Congratulations again on your excellent book!

Best Regards,

Dennis Venerus, P. Eng.
Windsor, Ontario


You can find Professor Venerus' Globe and Mail article "Callus on the Brain" here.