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Don't Unplug

Don't Unplug

How Technology Saved My Life and Can Save Yours Too

Chris Dancy

St. Martin's Press

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Chris Dancy, the world's most connected person, inspires readers with practical advice to live a happier and healthier life using technology

In 2002, Chris Dancy was overweight, unemployed, and addicted to technology. He chain-smoked cigarettes, popped pills, and was angry and depressed. But when he discovered that his mother kept a record of almost every detail of his childhood, an idea began to form. Could knowing the status of every aspect of his body and how his lifestyle affected his health help him learn to take care of himself? By harnessing the story of his life, could he learn to harness his own bad habits?

With a little tech know-how combined with a healthy dose of reality, every app, sensor, and data point in Dancy's life was turned upside down and examined. Now he's sharing what he knows. That knowledge includes the fact that changing the color of his credit card helps him to use it less often, and that nostalgia is a trigger for gratitude for him.

A modern-day story of rebirth and redemption, Chris' wisdom and insight will show readers how to improve their lives by paying attention to the relationship between how we move, what we eat, who we spend time with, and how it all makes us feel. But Chris has done all the hard work: Don't Unplug shows us how we too can transform our lives.

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Praise for Don't Unplug

"Part memoir, part advice book on how to use technology to improve your finances, career, health and more." —amNewYork

“Chris offers a raw and personal view of how technology can consume you, and through his experiences offers insights to how you should consume technology to live a healthy life." —Miriam McLemore, Enterprise Strategist Amazon, former CIO Coca-Cola

"I listen intently whenever I get to hear Chris Dancy speak as I know what I’m hearing will be the truth.” —Kristin Hildebrand, founder, Wone, former global creative concept director, Nike

"Inspiring. Chris Dancy offers actionable advice on how to harness technology to improve our lives -- from the practical to the spiritual." —Julia Raue, director, TVNZ, former CIO Air New Zealand

Don’t Unplug is Dancy’s absorbing memoir of his remarkable journey from his Mom’s basement to the world stage. Both his descent into irrelevance and his subsequent metamorphosis into a highly-sought-after digital sage were on the wings of his obsessive, recorded, measured and minutely examined life, something only possible by a consummate technologist in the prime of technology. His beguiling story becomes an object lesson in how to make your life better with tech, while simultaneously making tech better with your life." —Alan Cooper-Father of Visual Basic and Computer History Museum Fellow

"In a world where corporations and governments/outside forces use our data to monitor and manipulate our lives, w… More…

"Part memoir, part advice book on how to use technology to improve your finances, career, health and more." —amNewYork

“Chris offers a raw and personal view of how technology can consume you, and through his experiences offers insights to how you should consume technology to live a healthy life." —Miriam McLemore, Enterprise Strategist Amazon, former CIO Coca-Cola

"I listen intently whenever I get to hear Chris Dancy speak as I know what I’m hearing will be the truth.” —Kristin Hildebrand, founder, Wone, former global creative concept director, Nike

"Inspiring. Chris Dancy offers actionable advice on how to harness technology to improve our lives -- from the practical to the spiritual." —Julia Raue, director, TVNZ, former CIO Air New Zealand

Don’t Unplug is Dancy’s absorbing memoir of his remarkable journey from his Mom’s basement to the world stage. Both his descent into irrelevance and his subsequent metamorphosis into a highly-sought-after digital sage were on the wings of his obsessive, recorded, measured and minutely examined life, something only possible by a consummate technologist in the prime of technology. His beguiling story becomes an object lesson in how to make your life better with tech, while simultaneously making tech better with your life." —Alan Cooper-Father of Visual Basic and Computer History Museum Fellow

"In a world where corporations and governments/outside forces use our data to monitor and manipulate our lives, we need guides who can show us how to take back control. Having lived the highs and lows of what technology can do to us as humans, Chris Dancy is a herald of the future we need to build. Don’t Unplug is full of powerful stories, valuable insights and practical advice of how to be a better human in a world where the pace of change of technology is only going to increase. Do you want to ride the digital roller-coaster or be ridden? This book will make sure you make the right choice." —Rohan Gunatillake, Author This is Happening: Redesigning Mindfulness for our Very Modern Lives and CEO buddhify

”When Chris Dancy says he’s our future, we should take it as both invitation and threat. Here’s a vision of what you’ll feel is either the next stage of humanity, or it’s utter dissolution. If you want to optimize human beings for cyborg reality, this is the direction to go. If you’re afraid of what it means to live in a society where humans are programmed like anything else, then this is the nightmare, articulated.” —Douglas Rushkoff, author, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus

“Dancy is the ultimate example of two revolutions underway in tech: the Internet of Things (smart thermostats, garage doors, toothbrushes, tennis racquets) and quantified self (what you learn about yourself from trackers).” —Mashable

“The tip of the spear where technology is concerned is Chris Dancy.” —BBC

"You might say he's the closest thing to a real-life cyborg." —Fox News

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Chris Dancy

CHRIS DANCY is touted as the “Most Connected Man on Earth.” For 25 years, Dancy has served in leadership within technology and healthcare, specializing in the intersection of the two. He has been featured on Showtime, Businessweek, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, BBC, Fox News, and Wired. Corporations that have hired him to speak about the future of tech and health include Microsoft, Fitbit, and Humana. He divides his time between Nashville, TN, and New York City.

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