Why Social Media Is Ruining Your Life by Katherine Ormerod
This book is from a UK feminists point of view. She presents a very real & relatable reality for how social media is affecting women's lives, from birth to death.
She breaks down how social media affects our identity, body image, health, relationships, motherhood, career & money, and politics. Deep down I think a lot of us already know these things to be true, but having someone spell it out & even provide data proving it, is pretty eye opening.
Women make up the majority on social media. I always thought it was pretty equal when I think of how folks from both sexes & all age groups are glued to their phones, but the data says otherwise (not that males are off the hook!).
A few tidbits from the book:
The average person has eight social media accounts. People are addicted to their phones. The typical mobile phone user touches their phone 2,617 times a day. Apple indicates that the average user with Touch ID unlocks their phone every 11 minutes, 15 seconds. Fifty three percent of millennial's would rather lose their sense of smell than lose access to their phone or PC. The brains of teens activated the same signals as eating chocolate or winning money when a picture they posted received likes.
While I do not fall into the category of a heavy user - I only have one social media account, & *gasp,* I don't have a smart phone (but I do have an iPod or three so it's nearly the same thing in my opinion). However, I log on mostly for my business. I am online regularly, but very little of that time is spent on social media. I don't know why Facebook hasn't managed to get me addicted (perhaps all the censorship has something to do with it), but I'm glad I'm free of the pull.
I'd like to add an example of my own to this book regarding 'How Social Media Is Ruining Your Life'. A very close family member has a smart phone. She wants me to be on Facebook messaging, posting, etc. I told her I don't feel comfortable with Facebook. I explained I don't feel it's safe, I don't like so much personal stuff being posted, etc. She then asked me how she was supposed to stay in touch with me. I told her she can email me or call me. She said she doesn't know how to email me & said she didn't want to talk to me on the phone. That's right, this very important person in my life doesn't want to actually hear my voice. Social Media, disconnecting family one member at a time.
I currently have no plan to close my facebook account, however you will not find me posting about every second of my life. Of course I will still be updating my Running Bug Farm facebook page, but to me that isn't exactly the same thing. Sure the business shows some of my personal life (how can it not when I live where I work?), but I try to focus on my farm & my wonderful animals.
Overall, I think this book is great. Lots of little tidbits to share with others that might even lead to a real healthy discussion. The author doesn't say we need to quit, we just need to be responsible & aware.
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