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Think Before You Like: Social Media's Effect on the Brain and the Tools You Need to Navigate Your Newsfeed

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  12 reviews
At a time when the news cycle turns on a tweet, journalism gets confused with opinion, and facts are treated as negotiable information, applying critical thinking skills to your social media consumption is more important than ever.

Guy P. Harrison, an upbeat advocate of scientific literacy and positive skepticism, demonstrates how critical thinking can enhance the benefits
Kindle Edition, 383 pages
Published November 14th 2017 by Prometheus Books
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Jim Razinha
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was given access to a digital Uncorrected Advance Reading Copy of this, due to be published November 7th, 2017, from Prometheus Books through Edelweiss.

I've not yet read any other books by the author, but the titles and descriptions tell me that they appear to be consistent with this book. In one of his bios, he says
I am a human who warns humans about being human. I use my imperfect brain to talk and write about the human brain's imperfections. I try to overcome my irrational beliefs and subc
Henk-Jan van der Klis
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
In Think Before You Like: Social Media's Effect on the Brain and the Tools You Need to Navigate Your Newsfeed, journalist, and author, Guy P. Harrison recommends to think twice before you put your trust in the what social media and the internet in general offers to you. There's a clear business model behind Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, etc. Data about you, your content (photos, videos, updates, likes, comments, friends, followers, address books) to be sold for hard dollars to advertisers. The 20 ...more
Richard Lawrence
While there are some fine books out on critical thinking and some fine books out there about social media this book does a very fine job of applying critical thinking skills to our interactions with social media. Well researched and well written you will come away with a very good understanding of how the social media giants earn the fantastic revenues they do while at the same time not charging their users a fee. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc are free to use as we all know. So where does al ...more
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
He had some good things to say, and it really did make me think about my own social media usage… but it was so. long. He did not need that many pages. He also did quite a bit of humble bragging, which was a pretty big turnoff for me. His own biases were very clear. Overall, some good information, but not worth the slog in my opinion.
May 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
I have a hard time giving this book such a low score, but I also have many reasons to not give it a very good one either.

There for sure is some exceptional information and strong reasoning behind the use and misuse of social media in the world today. It's hard to overlook the light that is brought to critical thinking, weeding out "fake news" and dealing with online trolls. There are some serious problems that need to be addressed and this book will help lead that discussion. There is also a lot
Tim Maddock
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting Perspective

Most of the content can be summed up by using common sense and reasonable self discipline while online. Too wordy.
Josh Bungs
The book is full of engaging ideas, and was an interesting read, but has a lot of short comings.

Firstly I like Mr Harrison's writing, he does however need a new editor. There was many instances of spelling or grammar errors, and the formating of the book is flat out atrocious and made the book hard to read at times.
The book comes across as more of a newspaper or magazine article in book form. I feel as though the content was stretched a bit thin. The 320 pages of the book could have been appropr
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
A concise piece on the pros and cons that come along with the budding technology in our society. Harrison goes over the effects technologies (specifically smartphones) have on our brains and all the biochemical explanations for how we get hooked on checking our phone over and over again. I liked how he laid out that our intention with technologies isn't to expel them from our existence, rather begin to use them for a good use and with intention in comparison to mindlessly scrolling through feeds ...more
Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
Lungu Stefan
Oct 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Deserved 4 stars if it actually contained original content. 30% of the book is made of quotes from other books and authors and interviews. But the quality is demențial.
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
We live in a scary world, but the internet is a whole ‘nother ballgame. I’m not one of those sorts to take risqué pictures– of say, their feet– and post them on the internet. But I do need to be aware of who is out there prowling for my information, how they do it, and why they do it. This, so I can be a critical thinker and make conscious decisions about what I post and why. So, when I saw this book displayed at the library, I checked it out immediately. One thing I appreciated about it is that ...more
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We sleep with our phones wrapped in a cord on our nightstands. When we wake up from our light sleep, disturbed by a glow of close screens, we’re desperate to check our messages. Our offline conversations, boredom, and solitude feel more distant as we refine our perfect profiles and link to clickbait stories on mobile devices. We spend more time posting updates on Facebook than we do playing a game of catch with our children.

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I write about many things but my primary focus is on science and skepticism. I believe that our world could be a little better - and a lot less crazy - if more people simply understood how science works and appreciated the protective value of skeptical thinking in everyday life.

I've held numerous positions in the news industry, including editorial writer, world news editor, sports editor, photogra