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Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  5,462 ratings  ·  909 reviews
Jaron Lanier, the world-famous Silicon Valley scientist-pioneer who first alerted us to the dangers of social media, explains why its toxic effects are at the heart of its design, and explains in ten simple arguments why liberating yourself from its hold will transform your life and the world for the better.

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Hardcover, 146 pages
Published May 31st 2018 by Bodley Head (first published May 29th 2018)
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Diane
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: social-media
This is an interesting manifesto about how social media is destroying our souls and our society, but unfortunately, this book isn't well-written. It's skimmable, at best.

Here's a quick guide to Lanier's arguments:

1. You are losing your free will.
2. Quitting social media is the most finely targeted way to resist the insanity of our times.
3. Social media is making you into an asshole.
4. Social media is undermining truth.
5. Social media is making what you say meaningless.
6. Social media is destroyi
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BlackOxford
May 31, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: technology
On Genies and Bottles

In 1956, the novelist and scientist, C. P. Snow wrote an article entitled The Two Cultures. The cultures he had in mind were science and the humanities. Each, he claimed, had its own specialised vocabulary, its own criteria for acceptable thought, and its own unspoken beliefs about ‘the way the world really is’. Communication between members of the two cultures were, he concluded, in such a parlous state that the fate of human society was threatened. Essentially he believed
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Trish
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Actually I thought I knew what Lanier was going to say in this book and wasn’t going to read it. Then I listened to a podcast with him with Ezra Klein, and beginning about the 60-minute mark, Lanier speaks of how we should be ‘lone wolves’ instead of ‘pack wolves’ in our social lives and I stopped cold. Wait. I kind of understand he is saying “think for yourselves,” but aren’t we supposed to be working together to achieve something bigger than any one of us could do alone? I thought he might exp ...more
David Wineberg
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Facebook, Google and The Rapture


Jaron Lanier wants to be known for his music and his appreciation of cats (He likes to say he is one). But where he is best known, and most useful, is in his appreciation of the internet. In You Are Not A Gadget (2010), he created a manifesto to free us from the clutches of the corporations installing their systems in our daily lives. Now, things are much worse. Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now is a more specific and desperate appeal
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David
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Since this is my final post here because I'll be deleting Goodreads (and Facebook) after this, I... Okay, just kidding. I actually did delete Snapchat, which is apparently a bit innocuous compared to the other platforms Jaron Lanier (a trustworthy man with some authority here) refers to, but more due to the fact that I have basically 9 active friends there, and all of them use other apps. I think if I were more casually and even leisurely committed to social media, I might be fully persuaded to ...more
Simon Stegall
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
BlackOxford, in the review above, apparently faults Jaron Lanier for both being a computer scientist and for sounding like one. Besides resorting to ad hominem and straw man attacks and refusing to engage in a meaningful way with the book's content, BlackOxford also illustrates one of this book's central points, which is that, on social media, the biggest asshole always gets more 'likes' than everyone else.

Lanier does write like a computer scientist, which is what makes this book interesting. Hi
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Matt
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essays-lectures
Quick read; good food for thought: Be like a cat.
FunkyPlaid
For such a short work, Jaron Lanier's Ten Arguments conjured quite a lot of feelings in me, and most of them smacked of frustration, embarrassment, and exasperation. It's not that I find myself disagreeing with his core ten-point encapsulation of reasons to remove one's self from the influence of social media, which is satisfyingly listed on the back of the book (and which caused me to purchase it in the first place). These feelings are instead much more the product of having so many problems wi ...more
Gerhard
Nov 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, non-fiction
Another of those misleading, but cool-sounding, titles that the author spends an entire book running circles around.
Rachel Bea
If I hadn't already deleted my Facebook account a few years back, I would most likely delete it immediately after reading this book. Right now I'm down to Twitter and Goodreads (if you can count Goodreads for social media - not sure if I do) and Instagram. I can also do without Instagram, and I don't know if I'll ever post there again now, but Twitter? I'll admit: I'm completely addicted.

Which is why this book was important for me to read. While I haven't (yet) deleted my Twitter account, I now
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Elizabeth A
Sep 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, 2018
Book blurb: Social media is making us sadder, angrier, less empathetic, more fearful, more isolated and more tribal. In recent months it has become horribly clear that social media is not bringing us together – it is tearing us apart.

Late last year I started to notice that I was not in a good space - mental, emotional or otherwise - and though I'd made several changes over the years as to how I used social media and who I "friended", I realized I wasn't being drastic enough. So took a six month
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Karin Garcia
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
I wavered between 2 stars and 3. The points he makes are good, but I think the information could have been written in a more engaging way. Also, he kind of presents himself as being very fair and open minded, yet his bias seemed pretty blatant to me.
Ivan
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
A good example of the book that should have been an article. Worthwhile points raised in the book with needless filler. A better book: “The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads,” by Tim Wu.
Carrie Poppy
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Persuasive.
Faiza Sattar
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, favorites, tech
★★★★★ (5/5)

I see some top GR reviews for this book slating the content and in particular, the writing style. I begin to wonder if a book with such a diverse scope deserves to be judged according to what I would call “literary” parameters. Of course to each his own, but for me, this was dense, thought-provoking and a fundamental read - so much so that the very idea of judging the writing style did not cross my mind (and I am quick to judge in this regard).

Lanier’s ideas are rooted, not unhinged f
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Goatboy
Oct 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Honestly I was vacillating on how to rate this book, but ultimately decided to rate it based on what the book actually is rather than what I want it to be and what it could have been.

I came to my own negative opinions regarding platforms like Facebook early, and long before the current hand-wringing because of privacy concerns or the way it's corrupted our democratic processes and social interactions. When I first started using FB it didn't take long to realize that people had no desire to use
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Radiantflux
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: technology, audiobook
131st book for 2019.

This would have been better as a blog post, rather than stretched out into an admittedly shortish book. Apart from the observation that negativity is a far better driver of clicks than positive posts—sorry kittens!!!—there isn't much here.

Personally I find most social media a bit of waste of time, but then I am nerdy social introverted bookworm, so I would wouldn't I?

2-stars.
Simona
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: review
I agree with all of these arguments, and I don’t have any doubts that the author knows exactly what he is talking about ... but this book is written very poorly, in the manner of instant self-help manuals, and because of that he is very unconvincing. Unfortunately, I can’t take seriously the author, who in his work warns me from notorious advertisements and algorithms on social media and at the same time use his book for self-promotion ...
Vanessa
Apr 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: kindle, non-fiction
Found this fairly incomprehensible writing-style wise because I wanted to fall asleep every time I picked it up. Sadly my hopes were too high.
MS
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 non-social media starz because this book has some quirky points about quitting social media and gets (most of) them right. Funnily enuff I had already been persuaded through personal experience in this regard, but still... I was curious to see these arguments. JL does not disappoint.

Of course, everything could be more complex, more compelling usw. But the book is effective for a short, quick read. Surprisingly *for moi* JL manages some pretty turns of the phrase, some deep "soundbites" that go
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Sapphire
I wanted to like this book. I've been greatly reducing my social media usage, so I wanted some affirmation, and some further entrenchment of this feeling I've had about social media in recent months. I am glad I read it, just because there isn't enough out there on social media and I wanted to know what he thought. But it really wasn't what I wanted.

First off, the book is NOT a self-help title. It will NOT tell you how to quit social media and change your life. Nor is it a summary of the researc
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Terzah
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a powerful and well-reasoned book; after finishing it, I deleted my Twitter account and haven't looked back. I've never had accounts on Instagram or SnapChat and don't intend to get one on either. Any future platform better be able to make its case with regard to the points Lanier makes.

His ten arguments, to sum them up, have to do with the much-discussed privacy, use of personal data, and news-manipulation issues created by social media. But he also deals with more-individual negative c
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Mykle
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
TL;DR: Please read this book! (Of course if you DR 'cause books are TL, then I guess it's TL4U!)

I have to give Jaron Lanier credit. Clearly he read my scathing review of his last book, and took all my criticisms to heart. =) That book was a rambling, depressive whine. This one is a cogent, eloquent, scrupulously documented and well-put set of arguments about how a perfect storm of Internet, Capitalism and ad-based revenue models are conspiring to make us angry, miserable and stupid.

I'm not conv
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Jason
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
Chalk this book up to another complete waste of time! Everything you need to know or can learn in this book is taken from the title of the book. What seemed like a promising book turned into another anti-Trump diatribe that was off-putting and strangely contradicted the author's apparent thesis to "not be an asshole."

This is, unfortunately, the second book this year I had to abort because it was such a waste of time. Literally. It is not that I don't agree with the author that we should all get
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Mark Seemann
These ten arguments for deleting my Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google, etc. accounts were more serious and thought-through than I had expected. I mostly expected an entertaining rant, but this is an insider's view on the trouble with social media, and what it does to society, as well as to us all as individuals.

I had also bought the book with the hope that I could leave it lying around the house, and perhaps my family would pick it up and start leafing through it. I don't think that's going t
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Stany
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Jaron Lanier's key theme is that the business model behind the success of the big internet /social media companies (facebook and google mainly) is based on companies paying to be able to manipulate user behaviour. So the users are the products and the companies are the customers. This leads to a downwards spiral of negativity. The only way to stop this spiral is to delete your social media accounts.

I believe there is a lot of truth in this, but I really have a problem with the way he brings it.
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Annagrace K.
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1. I realize the humor in listing a book about the behavioral manipulations of social media on a social media site.

2. I’ve been staring down this book for a good year, but as with all things in the end, I read it at the perfect time.

3. This is not a book of conspiracy theories or demands to return to a sanitized and idealized version of the 19th or 20th centuries.

4. Every parent and everyone who cares about children would be well served by at least sitting with the thesis and citations of, and
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Andrew
Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by John Lanier, is a book detailing reasons why the author believes we should delete our social media accounts. The book revolves around 10 specific arguments:

1. You are losing your free will
2. Quitting social media is the best way to resist the insanity of our time
3. Social media is making you into an asshole
4. Social media is undermining truth
5. Social media is making what you say meaningless
6. Social media is destroying your capa
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Venky
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
After receiving the UEFA President’s Award, former footballer from France, and Manchester United legend, Eric Cantona, delivered, what arguably has to be the most bizarre and cryptic speech ever delivered at an award’s ceremony. An existential rumination, that had at its centerpiece the notions of aging, crime and science, Cantona’s brief talk had his audience stupefied. However, Jarion Lanier might have had no trouble whatsoever in decrypting (no pun intended) the essence embedded within this c ...more
Isabelle
Jul 10, 2018 rated it liked it
A quick read which I think will preach to the converted (my uncle who doesn't use social media anymore loved it). As an author, I would sincerely lose a lot of my audience if I deleted my social media accounts!
Yes it made me think about using social media less but I already was aware of the ways in which social media uses and exploits our data because I've worked in marketing...Sorry. I'm part of the problem. BUT only because as Lanier points out in this book, businesses have HAD to be involved
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