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Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now

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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 29th 2018 by Henry Holt & Company
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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
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
FunkyPlaid
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
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
Karin Garcia
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.
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.
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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Candie
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Gerhard
Nov 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, 2018
Another of those misleading, but cool-sounding, titles that the author spends an entire book running circles around.
Rachel Bea
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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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Ivan
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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Elizabeth A
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
Persuasive.
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
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 Dilemma” documentary. I then watched “The Wavy Line” That’s what led me to this book. I also bought other books more in-depth from ex-social media creators and tech geniuses who gained a conscience and deep concern for society.

The book is an easy read, witty in parts and broken down into simple points. Ev
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Vanessa
Apr 05, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Rozhan Sadeghi
Jul 28, 2020 rated it liked it
No matter how you look at this book, it seems promising. It presents ten simple arguments about why social media is harmful and why you should maintain a healthy distance with it.
It discusses how you are losing your free will, how by using social media you're turning into an asshole, how social media is making what you say meaningless and so on.
it's short and it seems to be a quick and somewhat light read. And on top of all that it's written by Jaron Lanier, someone who's been at the core of wha
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Radiantflux
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.
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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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sæfaɪɚ
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
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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Simona
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 ...
Goatboy
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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Mark Seemann
Aug 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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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Tyler J Gray
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just my opinions. (obviously)

I watched "The Social Dilemma" on Netflix and then listened to this via Scribd. Earlier this year I hated the, what I found to be, pretentious ableist with a complete lack of nuance and unaware of a ton of privilege, Digital Minimalism. Oddly enough I had nothing against that title, but "Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now"?...that title kinda turned me off to be honest. However I am really glad I gave it a shot! I find this leagues better
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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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Jaron Lanier is a computer scientist, composer, visual artist, and author.
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