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. Rest is also being translated into Japanese, Korean, Arabic, German, Dutch, Czech, Spanish, and Portuguese.

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, with an Arabic edition in the works.

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

I live in Silicon Valley, California.

For literary matters I’m represented by The Zoë Pagnamenta Agency.