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Unfriend Yourself: Three Days to Detox, Discern, and Decide About Social Media Kindle Edition
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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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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.Read more ›
Kylie's book spoke loud and clear on social media. I began to feel defensive inside about how much I liked and used Facebook, but his use of Scripture convinced my heart that the things he spoke were truth. I was eager to keep on reading his book in order to see and correctly hear what he spoke about--which is that we communicate plenty on Facebook and other social media, (for example Twitter and texting), but we aren't sharing communion and sharing joy in these communication vehicles. We need face-to-face encounters.
Kyle pointed out that we aren't condemning any of them, but we should use them less frequently and only with godly intent. He studied and read, wrote a paper at his school, but then published this book. Unfriendly Yourself is published by Moody Publishers.
I gave it five stars because it was a great read that taught instead of sounding preachy. He left the final decision to me. Will I? Yes.
This short book is designed to be a guide read during a 3-day "Facebook Fast," complete with an action point for each of the three days. I found the book to be well-written, carefully edited, and well-documented. (The final 19% of the book includes citations for all of the sources the author references in the text.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I hadn't read this book, but I do understand the trouble with social media.
I was cut off the net multiple times while isolated in another country. Read more
This book is a practical analysis of the impact of technology/social media on relationships. Using research, the Bible, and so,e great common sense, this book provides a balanced... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kirsten
Don't let social media rob you of your real relationships substituting a false sense of connection over real friendships and community. Read morePublished 10 months ago by JeJe
Unfriend Yourself: Three Days to Detox, Discern, and Decide About Social Media by Kyle Tennant is a short read that challenges the reader to reconsider both the amount of time... Read morePublished 11 months ago by P. Huggins
I'm addicted to Facebook. It is ruling my life. I can see it.
Thank you, Kyle, for speaking the truth in love: telling it like it is.
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