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.

The Author

Christina Crook: A Leading Voice on a More Human Relationship with Modern Technology and Each Other

Photo credit: Bettina Bogar

Photo credit: Bettina Bogar

Christina Crook is an award-winning author and TEDx speaker whose commentary on technology and our daily lives has appeared in the New York Times, Psychology Today, Women's Health, Times of India, NPR, CBC Radio, AARP, CTV, Global TV,  Utne Reader, Sirius XM New York and more.

In 2012 she disabled the data on her smartphone, turned off her email and said goodbye to the Internet for 31 days. This experience, chronicled as the project, Letters from a Luddite, garnered international media attention and fuelled Christina's passion for exploring the intersection of technology, relationships and joy. 

Christina's must-read wellness book, The Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World, has made her a leading voice on a more human relationship with modern technology. 

Crook has worked for some of Canada’s most recognized media organizations, including the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Rogers Digital Media. She is a graduate of the Simon Fraser University School of Communication and her TEDx talk, “Letting Go of Technology: Pursuing a People-focused Future,” was presented as part of the 2013 Global TEDWomen conference.

Recent keynotes include the Canadian Internet Marketing Conference, World Vision Canada as well as the forthcoming Fireside Conference and Social Media and Human Flourishing Colloquium at McGill University (Montreal) this fall.  

Crook is a sister to 7 siblings, wife to Michael and mother to Madeleine (6,) Thomas (4,) and Caleb (3.) A few years ago she and her young family traded the seaside views of Bowen Island, British Columbia for the banks of Toronto’s Humber River where they attend Grace Toronto Church West.

This summer Christina was chosen to participate in 2 Day Strategy Intensive in New York City with Jonathan Fields of the Good Life Project where she and seven others will go deep into each person’s professional vision, values, strategy and messaging to kickstart a new wave of growth over the next 12 months. 

She is the winner of the 2016 Word Guild Award in culture. 

She is also passionate about ice cream and naps. 


Books by Christina Crook

The Joy of Missing Out

Through historical data, typewritten letters, chapter challenges and personal accounts, The Joy of Missing Out, leads us on a unique exploration of the modern world, revealing how presentness, intentionality and limited connections are the keys to our joy.


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