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Why Social Media is Ruining Your Life

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  163 ratings  ·  20 reviews

Katherine Ormerod, journalist and social media mogul, is here to burst the Instagram bubble and discuss the real effects of social media 'perfection'.

The internet has set destructive standards of flawlessness and comparison. We're working so hard to live up to these new benchmarks that we're burning ourselves out, and we're working so hard to maintain them that we're self
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 16th 2018 by Cassell
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Kirsty
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sure, it has a clickbait-y title, but get past that and Katherine Ormerod is just as ambivalent about social media as the rest of us. We want the good parts of it but not the bad, and we don't want to accept that we can't pick and choose (she says, on Goodreads, which is social media). I learned a lot from this, and realised that there's still a lot for me to understand.
Marie
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: current-events
"The six key components of addiction: salience (how deeply ingrained is your smartphone in your life), tolerance (are you checking your accounts endlessly?), euphoria (the excitement you get before or after you use your cell phone), conflict(is your phone causing trouble in your life or relationships?), withdrawal symptoms (do you opanic when separated from your phone?), and relapse (have you tried to cut back and failed?)"

"Data confirmed by Apple indicates that the average user unlocks their ph
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Hollie
Feb 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Really enjoyable overall and appreciated the various topics that Katherine touched on.

One quote has really stood out to me from this and has left me pondering:
"Maybe, just maybe, we'll be able to leave our distructive habits behind and enjoy social media for what it is: the best 1 percent of our lives, with the real stuff, the other 99 per cent, hidden for only our real friends to discover."

What if that was the case?!
Charlotte
Dec 27, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars - great topic presented in a well structured and well researched way. Working in social media (and being a keen reader on the topic!) means that a lot of this was “old news” for me, but enjoyable nonetheless. Would definitely recommend to people who want more insight into the impact of social media in the current world.
ChloeBooks
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Startling but...

Ormerod wrote the book whilst pregnant. She now uses her cute little baby to get attention online (?!) How can someone who is woke, someone who has been through the journey of writing this book then go and do this? I don't understand. I won't be doing this with my daughter. And what if her child grows up to resent her for this?

Is the author a hypocrite? Perhaps not. Maybe it is simply a sign of how addicited she is to the social media game. We have sacrificed a lot to win this a
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Niki F
Nov 06, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5/5

I nodded along a lot while listening to the audiobook for this book. I think generally it is structured really well and addresses the most relevant topics in an overall balanced way. It gives you a decent overview of how social media developed over time and Katherine is a good narrator. This book isn’t trying to catastrophise social media (which I appreciate) and tell you to quit it entirely but it is inviting you to be more aware of how and how often we rely on social media and to not be a
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Meneesha Govender
Dec 04, 2018 rated it liked it
I spend a huge amount of time on social media … for myself as well as the numerous clients I work for. There is no real cut off for me. The first thing I reach for when I open my eyes in the morning is my cellphone. The last thing I look at before I fall asleep is my Instagram feed. So, when this book landed on my desk I was a bit apprehensive. Could I be ruining my life?
Why Social Media is Ruining Your Life tackles the endless, unforgiving culture of comparison and perfection that we pursue onl
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Carlos Jaramillo
en esta investigacion la autora nos presenta las facetas en las cuales las redes sociales estan empeorando nuestras vidas. desde creando falsas expectativas con nuestras finanzas, autoestima y percepcion de la vida de los demas. este libro recoje entrevistas con varias influencers las cuales revelan que no todo es glamur y buena vida como las redes sociales lo aparentan
este libro me hizo reflexionar que tan falsos podemos llegar a ser todos al momento de proyectar nuestras vidas hacia los demas.
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ChloeBooks
Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Startling but...

Ormerod wrote the book whilst pregnant. She now uses her cute little baby to get attention online (?!) How can someone who is woke, someone who has been through the journey of writing this book then go and do this? I don't understand. I won't be doing this with my daughter. And what if her child grows up to resent her for this?

Is the author a hypocrite? Perhaps not. Maybe it is simply a sign of how addicited she is to the social media game. We have sacrificed a lot to win this at
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Becky Slingsby
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A must read for all ‘social media addicts’ aka all millennials and Gen-Z on the downsides of social media, and how it affects all elements of life from health, to work, to relationships and body image. Each chapter tackles a different element, and although I was aware of the negatives of social media, some of the stats and data in the book really open your eyes. Whilst it can be a bit of a negative read, it gets the point across. The key takeaway? What you see on social media is not real life, a ...more
Hannah Bee
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have to say I enjoyed this far more than I thought I would. Written by someone I personally follow on social media I wondered if it would be self indulgent or two-dimensional but it’s anything but. Well-researches and intelligently written, a great read for those of us who use and consume social media which nowadays is pretty much all of us!
Holly Pigache
Feb 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book was chosen for book club and I found it very basic. It was everything we already read about online and hear about in the news, but with some research and tonnes of personal experience thrown in. What a shame.
Hannah
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although very interesting I found it a bit difficult to read with motivation. I did download the audio book and found it much more enjoyable to hear the facts and figures along the way making it much more digestible
Hayden
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
After listening to a really interesting interview with Katherine Omerod on the 'Ctrl Alt Delete' podcast, I immediately walked into town to pick this book up. Contrary to the title, 'Why Social Media Is Ruining Your Life' isn't about completely ditching technology all together. Apparantly it's not that easy in a world that is becoming increasingly reliant on it. But it's about spotting the problems and finding solutions. Some of it is really obvious and information I already knew - like how Snap ...more
Patricia
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Cass
Feb 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
Did not finish. The first chapter was great but then it started to turn into a spiel about her own social media awesomeness and I lost interest.
Laurel May
Nov 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Pretty interesting and eye-opening.
Kaynat
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! Great way to gain a new perspective on social media and the online world
Sarah Noonan
Jan 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Loved everything the book had to offer on social media however I found the text SO small and hard to read even with my glasses xD
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