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Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  14,180 ratings  ·  2,235 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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Ariel
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Please read this book! Even if you don't want to delete your social media accounts this book will make you so much more mindful about what is happening to your brain, to politics, to truth, and to communication when you use social media. I quit twitter the day before I started this and it has affirmed that decision INTENSELY. I will never go back to that awful place!

The author is so positive: he isn't anti-tech, he's just pro-GOOD tech. He is funny and silly but serious and well measured. He gav
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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
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
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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Simon Stegall
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lanier writes like a computer scientist, which is what makes this book interesting. His criticisms of social media are juicy and effective, but they are constructive criticisms. He knows of what he speaks, though he speaks not eloquently. He is not utterly against social media,but argues that it could be a benevolent invention if it were constructed in a primarily humanistic way, rather than a primarily capitalist way: if it wasn't a mule of corporate advertising, and if its algorithms weren't d ...more
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
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.
Michelle Curie
I have conflicted feelings about social media – on the one hand, it allows me stay in touch with friends; it's necessary for me in order to do my job (it's expected of me to have an Instagram account as an illustrator), on the other hand... I just don't really like it.



This book is pretty straight-forward. I picked it up after watching Netflix's recent documentary The Social Dilemma, in which the author of this one is being interviewed. The book covers very similar topics to the film and essent
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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.
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.
Candie
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was a bit unsure about my thoughts on this book. Overall, it made me more mindful of what I am doing on social media and the effects that it has on my life. I have actually since deleted my Instagram account and do not regret it. I found this book to be very thought provoking.

That said, I'm not sure if it was the actual writing or just the subject matter that I connected with. I found the book to be a bit all over the place which I didn't expect for such a short book and I'm not entirely sure
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Melissa
Fine, fine. But I’m keeping Goodreads!
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.
Gary
Mar 21, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m somewhat biased in my dislike of Social Media so this book reinforces a lot of my own personal beliefs when it comes to sharing opinions on this internet. Let me start by saying that I don’t see Goodreads as a social media website because I have no inclinations to engage with other people in such a way as I might on Twitter or Facebook.

The writer seemed quite knowledgeable about the subject he was writing about and his arguments were well supported by citations, although I would have a heck
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Saffron Moon
Here are the arguments that Jaron Lanier outlines and expands upon in his book:

Argument 1. You are losing your free will.
Argument 2. Quitting social media is the most finely targeted way to resist the insanity of our times.
Argument 3. Social media is making you into an asshole.
Argument 4. Social media is undermining truth.
Argument 5. Social media is making what you say meaningless.
Argument 6. Social media is destroying your capacity for empathy.
Argument 7. Social media is making you unhappy.
Argu
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Vanessa
Apr 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction, kindle
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.
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I wanted to like this book more. 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. This book is not a self-help book, nor is it a summary of research. It won't speak to you about the simple joy of reading a book on your porch with a mug of tea instead of endlessly scrolling Instagram, or about recent studies on body image and social media use. If you want motivation to quit f ...more
Alok Mishra
Oct 15, 2022 rated it liked it
I agree with the title of the book. However, the book reads more like a hurried rant or coarse howl. It is not sophisticated, well-explained and organised. Still, it offers something to think about and something to ponder (seriously). Lanier is a scientist. A tech-head who knows how it affects our minds, Lanier could have had his arguments presented in an aesthetically appealing way to reach a wide audience. Irrespective of his writing style, he brings our attention to several critical concerns ...more
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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Faiza Sattar
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2018, 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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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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Carrie Poppy
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Persuasive.
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
Update June 2021. After experiencing Facebook really bringing me down and feeling more isolated during Covid I temporarily deactivated my Facebook account last week. A lot of the sneaky ways Facebook especially is designed to manipulate your feelings, ideas and mood was something I could now clearly see.

Anybody using social media needs to read this book. Find out the truth of how you are a puppet, manipulated and influenced by an industry insider.

I got this after watching Netflix “The Social D
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Peter Derk
Feb 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I write columns for LitReactor, and I recently wrote a column called Writers Don't Need Social Media. Shortly after, another writer over there published an article called 10 Things I Learned Editing an Anthology in Three Weeks and had this to say:

Social media is crucial
I'm not here to fight you, especially because you probably saw this on social media. In fact, one of my favorite things to do is ignoring think pieces about how writers don't need social media...that I see writers sharing on so
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Lisadayton
Jul 24, 2021 rated it liked it
Liked this book. But I would suggest reading Kothari's book on social media management and analytics for healthcare. social media can be used for social good as well - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2... ...more
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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Max
Jan 09, 2022 rated it did not like it
Shelves: total-garbage
I absolutely HATED this book. As most people, I often think about the use of socal media and I think about deleting my accounts sometimes. I checked out this book to read some more about social media, but I wish I didn't.

The author writes in a condescending and arrogant tone. The book is badly written, badly edited (what's with the horrible referencing style? Every^1 word^ has^ a^ reference^, so annoying!). And the author makes a point of trying to prove social media is bad, but then goes on "ex
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Grace
Feb 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deleting Instagram and Snapchat years ago was one of the best and easiest things I've ever done. Facebook, on the other hand, has been a decade-long battle with what I can only call addiction.

Cal Newport's Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World showed me that it's not my fault: A bunch of people in Silicon Valley are literally paid millions of dollars to get and keep me addicted to this platform. Newport also inspired me to consider all of the other things I could do with l
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Jaron Lanier is a computer scientist, composer, visual artist, and author.
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Jaron Lanier scientific interests include biomimetic information architectures, user interfaces, heterogeneous scientific simulations, advanced information systems for medicine, and computational approaches to the fundamentals of physics. He collaborates with a wide range of scientists in fields related to t
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