A Comprehensive Reading List For NoSurf


This is a reading list for those interested in a deep exploration of the topics that fall under the NoSurf umbrella. Topics such as: neuroscience, internet addiction, behavioral design, the ethics of technology and more.

I kept this list very focused on these topics and tried not to deviate too far off. It’s really easy to keep adding books to the list, only to have this become an excessively long document that people feel overwhelmed by.

So with this list my goal was to provide a theoretical foundation for the why. Why someone should NoSurf and why the practice is worthwhile.

Note: I have personally read/watched most of the material here but not all of it. I plan on working my way through this list as I get time. I may add or remove materials given my opinion of them and how important I feel they are to the community.

Note 2: If your goal is simply to have a basic understanding of NoSurf, then you have to read no further than the first book on the reading list.


The Shallows: What The Internet Is Doing To Our Brains by Nicholas Carr

Irresistible: The Rise off Addictive Technology And The Business of Keeping Us Hooked by Adam Alter

Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology And Less From Each Other by Sherry Turkle

The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble To Get Inside Our Heads by Tim Wu

You Are Not A Gadget: A Manifesto by Jaron Lanier

Deep Work: Rules For Focused Work In A Distracted World by Cal Newport

Hooked: How To Build Habit-Forming Products by Nir Eyal

Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse In An Age Of Show Business by Neil Postman

Stand Out Of Our Light: Freedom And Resistance In The Attention Economy by James Williams

The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories Of Personal Triumph From The Frontiers Of Brain Science by Norman Doidge

Your Brain On Porn: Internet Pornography And The Emerging Science Of Addiction by Gary Wilson

Relevant Fiction

1984 by George Orwell

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury


How A Handful Of Tech Companies Control Billions Of Minds A Day

What Is Technology Doing To Us?

Brain Hacking: 60 Minutes With Anderson Cooper

The Neuroscience Of Internet Addiction

What You Need To Know About Internet Addiction

How Boredom Can Lead To Your Most Brilliant Ideas

Stare Into The Lights My Pretties

The Great Porn Experiment

Why Reading Matters

How Social Media Is Ruining Your Life…And You Don’t Even Know It

How Social Media Is Ruining Your Life

Create Or Die: Did Social Media Kill Fun?


Have Smartphones Destroyed A Generation?

Our Minds Can Be Hijacked: The Tech Insiders Who Fear A Smartphone Dystopia

The Acceleration of Addictiveness

Disconnecting Distraction

A Life Offline

My Life Offline

A Comprehensive Reading List For NoSurf Pt. 2