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Unfriend Yourself: Three Days to Detox, Discern, and Decide About Social Media Kindle Edition

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About the Author

KYLE TENNANT is the Director of Student Ministries at the Village Church of Bartlett in Bartlett, IL. He is a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Christian Formation and Ministry from Wheaton Graduate School. Kyle lives in Chicago's west suburbs, and enjoys reading, writing, preaching, eating, cooking, and good conversation.

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  • File Size: 365 KB
  • Print Length: 97 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0802409539
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (January 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: January 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006FLROD4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #661,904 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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*** EDIT: Since I have started to receive more replies to my critical review of this book, I thought it was important to at least put myself in context. I am 30 and I am a Christian. What that means is that I believe that the Bible is true and that Jesus died for all mankind and that those that put their trust in that truth and Him are saved. I am a camp director at a Christian Camp called Pine Cove and have worked with College Students and High School students for over 10 years. It is a huge passion of mine to help young adults navigate life and follow Jesus. I have a wife and 2 kiddos. My review is extremely critical and I have left it unedited for you to read. I just thought you would like to have a bit more context of this reviewer. :) -anbacon

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Overall, I disagree with this "mini-book". The author says that Facebook is the influence. It is not. The medium is NOT the influence. The people that use Facebook ARE the influence-you and me. The creators of Facebook are the influence. The marketers that use Facebook are the influence. It is people who are influencers, not mediums and not technology!

Throughout the ages, it is people that either use mediums for good or for evil. Examples include: TV. Radio. Internet. Cars. Written Letters. Facebook.

Take written letters for example. Just because humans have the ability to gossip or slander or hate or curse in a written letter doesn't make written letters evil. The heart behind the medium is the problem. I can see these same arguments used in this article for radio a long time ago, for TV's or for telephones, to name a few. Mediums (technological advances) are NOT made in the image of God. People are. And they are all fallen who struggle and need a Savior.
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First, a disclaimer. I am acquainted with Kyle. He is the Youth Pastor at my church, we've been in a new membership class together and my boys think he's awesome. My boys are good judges of character. This book is concise, but well-researched citing Christian and communication sources both classics and more recent. Plus, he writes how he talks which is a bonus and rings authentic and conversational.

IMO, the most important point Kyle makes is that Facebook doesn't always facilitate friendships. In fact, too much time spent pursuing digital relationships may make us less relationship-focused in the real world. It's a poor substitute for the joy of the real thing. Having been a Facebook user for years, I agree with him.

Kyle doesn't advocate for deleting your account and becoming a Luddite. He simply advocates for more thoughtful and purposeful use. Facebook can serve an enhancement to strong offline relationships, but can't build them from scratch. Building true friendships that stand the test of time and circumstances is an investment and requires face-to-face interaction.

So proud of Kyle for the discipline of authoring and sharing a book. And really happy that my boys will have him as a role model.
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Book Title and Author
The book unfriend yourself: Three Days to Detox, Discern, and Decide About Social Media (And yes, those small caps are intentional.) was written by Kyle Tennant, who is the Pastor of Connections at First United Methodist Church in Warren, Ohio and a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and Wheaton College Graduate School.

Author's Main Purpose
The goal of the book is to challenge the idea that social media is a needed part of our lives. It is written in such a format to be read over a 3-day weekend. So each chapter ends with some study questions and "homework assignments" to be done by the reader. The goal would seem to be to get the reader to completely remove himself from using all forms of social media and challenge the widely accepted notion that tools such as Facebook or Twitter are necessary parts of their life.

The author makes this statement on pg. 13 - "What I have come to see is that one of the most dominant cultural metaphors of our time is not to be trusted, nor is it to be lauded. In fact, it may be our generation's greatest enemy. Okay, so maybe that's exaggerating - but the point is that social media may do far more damage to our relationships, and our understanding of them, then we may think. Though social media promises us relationships and community, they may in truth be promising us a lie."

Table of Contents
There are three chapters in the book - one for each day of a weekend. The first chapter is entitled "Detox." In this chapter, Tennant overviews the downside of social media. He uses a number of examples showing how social media has turned relationships inside out.
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When I saw the title of the book Unfriend Yourself by Kyle Tennant my first reaction was "hmm isn't that an interesting title for a book." And what I found even more interesting was what the book is actually all about.

In an age of Social Media frenzy where, believe it or not, people's "self worth" or "self esteem," or how good they feel about themselves is related to how popular or unpopular they are on Social Media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, this book has a candidly refreshing message. And it is a provocative message. But there is nothing wrong with that. We as American's need to take more time thinking about who we are and what we are doing as people as well as why we do what we do.

Hence, Kyle Tennant, a youth director, and self proclaimed "recovering media junkie" addresses the issue of our infatuation with and involvement in Social Media and the perceived impact it is having in our lives as well as the real impact it is actually having in our lives.

In his short book that can easily be read over a weekend as he encourages, the author states "that one of the dominant cultural metaphors of our time is not to be trusted, nor is it to be lauded." Ouch! Sharp words that even he admits might be a bit over the top; however, what he calls us to do in his book is to rethink our involvement with the Social Media and whether it helps or actually harms our relationships. And if we discover through reading the book that it is doing more harm than good, then he gives us a way to "Detox, discern and decide about Social Media" over a three day time period.

Chapter one of his book could very well be the chapter title for a book to be used by AA or some other 12 step recovery program.
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