Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron Lanier

Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now

'A blisteringly good, urgent, essential read' ZADIE SMITHJaron Lanier, the world-famous Silicon Valley scientist-pioneer and 'high-tech genius' (Sunday Times) 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.Social media is making us sadder, angrier, les...

Details Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now

TitleTen Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now
Release DateMay 31st, 2018
PublisherBodley Head
GenreNonfiction, Science, Technology, Psychology, Philosophy, Politics, Writing, Essays, Sociology, Cultural, Social Science, Social Media

Reviews Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now

  • BlackOxford
    On Genies and BottlesIn 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 ...
  • Diane
    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 wh...
  • Trish
    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 somethin...
  • David Wineberg
    Facebook, Google and The RaptureJaron 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...
  • 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 committ...
  • Matt
    Quick read; good food for thought: Be like a cat.
  • Simon Stegall
    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 scient...
  • Carrie Poppy
  • Dee's Books
    Thought-provoking read by an intelligent author, musician and noted resident of Silicon Valley, Jaron Lanier who will have you thinking about every key you've hit, ad you've searched on your social media sites using 10 valid and strong arguments for deleting your social media account right now. This book speaks of how algorithms are affecting our mindset and manipulated us all... scary actually to think but in so many ways too true!"Algorithms go...
  • 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 star...
  • Faiza Sattar
    ★★★★★ (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...
  • Isabelle
    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...
  • 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 m...
  • Stany
    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 ...
  • Oryx
    A real bummer man. Just kidding. Presented with a real clarity and very well argued indeed. Not what I was expecting from the title. Lanier makes it seem like this is the only argument worth having, the most pressing problem of contemporary society; it makes everything else fall by the wayside or seem to stem from the impact of the mood manipulators, the Silicon Valiums, the algorithms and advertisers. (It probably does.) Scary stuff. This is not...
  • b talbot
    the best way to sum up this book for me is that i thought i was not being manipulated by the social media i participate in. but this book showed me that i was and am wrong. very wrong.what i like about this book is that yes, it argues that we should delete our social media accounts. but lanier leaves that choice up to us. he gives very convincing and compelling reasons for deleting, but says we must decide how we proceed.along with his very ratio...
  • dv
    Un libro importante da leggere oggi, direi quasi “da far leggere a scuola”. Non ci si lasci ingannare dal titolo: non si tratta semplicemente di chiudere un account social per “protesta” contro le grandi corporation. Si tratta di ragionare con consapevolezza sull’effetto dei social media sulle nostre vite. Lanier a tratti assume toni fin troppo alti, paragonando la condotta di Facebook o Google a quella di sette religiose… ma non fann...
  • Ivan
    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.
  • Sasha
    I was a teenager when I encountered Abbie Hoffman’s Steal This Book . I’m not sure how it came into my possession (I have a vague recollection of its being bought at a garage sale) but I was fascinated by Hoffman’s handbook for subversion. He offered a plethora of clever ways to misbehave, get away with it, and feel fine doing so, since all “good” behavior was presumed to support an oppressive system. Hoffman’s first crack at this to...
  • Lissa
    I've already been thinking about social media and whether I should reduce my presence online, and then I found this book, so it was perfect timing. The author makes some very good points, but they tend to be lost in disorganization. The book isn't particularly cohesive, and the author often comes across as gearing up for a rant. I also couldn't stand the acronyms (BUMMER, in particular). If you can get past this, though, there's some good informa...
  • George P.
    Like many others, I find it difficult to imagine life without social media. I use Facebook and Twitter at work to share articles fromInfluencemagazine, the Christian leadership magazine which I edit. They account for a large percentage of the traffic on the magazine’s website. I ignore them at professional peril.I use Facebook and Instagram at home to share information and pictures with my family and friends. They help me keep in touch with peo...
  • Joel Adams
    // impressive, persuasive and ultimately damning look at the religion of social media and their manipulation of our data, identities and behavior for profit
  • Yxas
    I deleted Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram after reading Cal Newport's Deep Work. I'd always had a lingering antipathy towards those services, as I'd sensed that they insidiously seized my time - not only without my consent, but with my permission! Before reading Cal Newport's lauded, though sometimes lampooned, tract on working deeply, it'd never occurred to me to actually examine my own relationship with social media. Well, I was quick...
  • Ramón Nogueras Pérez
    Un puñetazo en la boca del estómago. No le doy 5 estrellas porque cuando habla de modificación de conducta pues, bueno, dice unas polladas del 15, y porque es pesada la disonancia cognitiva que le lleva a tratar de justificar el capitalismo libertario que tan claramente sitúa a la raíz del problema.En mi opinión, una lectura urgente y necesaria, y una clara llamada a la acción. Yo, al menos, la he escuchado.
  • Dave McLeod
    Devoured in a day. Accomplishes the not insignificant thing of making social media slightly more bearable. ESSENTIAL
  • Mangoo
    Jaron Lanier's warning to at least detach from undiscriminate use of social media is gripping and engaging. As he writes, in this short pamphlet he only skims the surface of the full argumentation against the common and largely mindless use of social media that is becoming pervasive and inducing severe direct and indirect consequences in both real and digital life. He escalates from the practical to the metaphysical level, addressing free will, e...
  • Ben Chase
    A clear-headed view of what social media is doing to usI’m a techie and a millennial, so I loathed all the articles that would pop up about how smart phones were destroying my generation. I believed it was important to look at the ways radically new technologies and pastimes would affect us, but journalists mostly seemed interested in writing “get off my lawn” stories about how the youths and lazy and have an annoying culture. This was a so...
  • Caleb Hoyer
    The whole reason I read this book is because it’s becoming harder and harder for me to ignore my suspicion that my social media use is really not good for me. Given that, I’m not sure how much it means for me to say that the author’s arguments were convincing; I was predisposed to finding them persuasive. But needless to say, they were convincing. And frightening. And, to me, even more obvious than I had expected. The jury is in on social m...
  • Kitty
    I'm going to try to go without Facebook for a while after reading this book, but I don't know how compelling I find all of Lanier's arguments. He certainly has some good points, but I think he is a bit blase about dismissing the positive aspects of social media, and he doesn't really offer a better alternative for support networks for people who fail to find those in meatspace. He blithely suggests that we should all just make our own websites, w...
  • Nikiverse
    In this book, Lanier tells us that users of social media are merely numbers (similar to how a certain religion was categorized during the Holocaust). Algorithms exist to favor Facebook, Google, their advertisers, and you're being used and manipulated by these algorithms to benefit platform owners and their customers (the advertisers). This seems to be the main argument the author uses to dissuade people from quitting social media. I really like t...