I study people, technology, and the worlds they make.

My latest book, Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less, will be published in December 2016 by Basic Books. It’s now available for preorder on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Indiebound. It will be published in the UK and Commonwealthin early 2017  by Penguin Books, as part of their new Penguin Life series. There are also Japanese, Korean, German, Dutch, and Portuguese translations in the works.

My previous book, The  Distraction Addiction (Little, Brown & Co., 2013), was an argument for practicing “contemplative computing,” using information technologies to help us be more mindful, not distracted. It’s been translated into six languages.

I have a Ph.D. in History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

I live in Silicon Valley, California.

For speeches, keynotes, and other talks I’m represented by Jessica Dolman at The Lavin Agency (1-800-265-4870); for literary matters I’m represented by The Zoë Pagnamenta Agency.