Dedicated: The Case for Commitment in an Age of Infinite Browsing

Dedicated: The Case for Commitment in an Age of Infinite Browsing

by Pete Davis

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Overview

A profoundly inspiring and transformative argument that purposeful commitment can be a powerful force in our age of restlessness and indecision.

Most of us have had this experience: browsing through countless options on Netflix, unable to commit to watching any given movie—and losing so much time skimming reviews and considering trailers that it’s too late to watch anything at all. In a book borne of an idea first articulated in a viral commencement address, Pete Davis argues that this is the defining characteristic of the moment: keeping our options open. We are stuck in “Infinite Browsing Mode”—swiping through endless dating profiles without committing to a single partner, jumping from place to place searching for the next big thing, and refusing to make any decision that might close us off from an even better choice we imagine is just around the corner. This culture of restlessness and indecision, Davis argues, is causing tension in the lives of young people today: We want to keep our options open, and yet we yearn for the purpose, community, and depth that can only come from making deep commitments.

In Dedicated, Davis examines this quagmire, as well as the counterculture of committers who have made it to the other side. He shares what we can learn from the “long-haul heroes” who courageously commit themselves to particular places, professions, and causes—who relinquish the false freedom of an open future in exchange for the deep fulfillment of true dedication. Weaving together examples from history, personal stories, and applied psychology, Davis’s candid and humble words offer a meaningful answer to our modern frustrations and a practical path to joy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781982140908
Publisher: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 05/04/2021
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.62(w) x 8.38(h) x (d)

About the Author

Pete Davis is a civic advocate from Falls Church, Virginia. He works on projects aimed at deepening American solidarity and democracy. Pete is the cofounder of the Democracy Policy Network, a state policy organization focused on extending more power to more people in more ways. In 2015, he cofounded Getaway, a company that provides simple, unplugged escapes to tiny cabins outside of major cities. His Harvard Law School graduation speech, “A Counterculture of Commitment,” has been viewed by more than 30 million people.

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