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Summary

Do you ever obsess about your body? Do you lie awake at night, fretting about the state of your career? Does everyone else's life seem better than yours? Does it feel as if you'll never be good enough? 

Why Social Media is Ruining Your Life tackles head on the pressure cooker of comparison and unreachable levels of perfection that social media has created in our modern world.

In this audiobook, Katherine Ormerod meets the experts involved in curating, building and combating the most addictive digital force humankind has ever created. From global influencers - who collectively have over 10 million followers - to clinical psychologists, plastic surgeons and professors, Katherine uncovers how our relationship with social media has rewired our behavioural patterns, destroyed our confidence and shattered our attention spans.

Why Social Media is Ruining Your Life is a rallying cry that will provide you with the knowledge, tactics and weaponry you need to find a more healthy way to consume social media and reclaim your happiness.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2018 Katherine Ormerod (P)2018 Octopus Publishing Group

Critic reviews

"This book is a call to arms from the eye of the storm." (Emma Gannon, author of The Multi-Hyphen Method

"Enter Ormerod's vital manual, which will help you navigate social media and turn it not into a weapon, but a useful tool." (Pandora Sykes) 

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Amazing book

After reading this book I decided to delete all my social media accounts, and it is amazing how this small changes can make out lives better

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Astoundingly disappointing, closer to modern feminist autobiography.

Disappointing, hopefully I will be able to find a book which would do justice to the title of this book. Using all of the buzz words and rhetoric of the woke collective, this female focused perspective not only alienates anyone who happens to be of the opposite sex, but also anyone who falls on a different political side of the author or even anyone who frankly likes to read or listen to a well written book. The description of this book most certainly needs to mention the word feminist in it somewhere. Spoiler alert: To top it off an anticlimactic solution is proposed in a pep-talk manner which is to remain using social media but just be more aware of your consumption which by this book’s own admission doesn’t work. Perhaps I was expecting too much after being so impressed by Jaron Lanier’s ‘Ten arguments to delete social media accounts right now’! Furthermore the divergence into the authors very dull autobiography, loosely connected back to social media makes it feel that this book’s title missed the mark by several trillion lightyears. This is a great book for anyone willing to be suckered into wanting to hear/read about a robust investigation of the evils of social media and then be very quickly segwayed into the authors personal life, political persuasion, and complete lack of focus on what she is writing about. This book continued to astound me in how disappointing it was, even more so as I never write reviews normally.

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Thought provoking and interesting

Loved this audiobook. Lots of interesting points, some already known but others I hadn't thought about and links various social media consumptions to mental health. There are tips on how to limit what your social media use and discussions about why one might feel the need to use it. I particularly liked Katherine's insights into how 'millenials' are being criticised for certain traits, but when we look at the changes in the world and how social media is part of their life, with some young adults not having memories of a pre-Internet world, it is understandable that they have different outlooks and thoughts to previous generations.