November 29, 2013

Boundaries in an Overconnected World by Anne Katherine

Boundaries in an Overconnected World by Anne Katherine is a book written for anyone who uses an electronic device. It helps the user of these products set limits and get back the time that these electronics take away from real life experiences.

Book Description
Over the past decade, 24-7 connectivity has given us not only convenience and fun but worries about privacy, intrusions into family time, and new compulsions — from shopping to tweeting and cute cat watching. Anne Katherine, one of the first authors to bring healthy boundary setting to a mass audience, has now written a book on how to do this with technology. Rather than rejecting online life, Katherine shows readers how to make social media, smartphones, and other innovations work for, rather than against, them. Readers learn to protect themselves online — from predators and data mining as well as from time-devouring friends and acquaintances — with an emphasis on preserving and optimizing meaningful personal connections. Anyone who has ever wondered if their cute little gadget was actually an enemy invader will welcome Katherine’s strategies for ensuring that “your life is truly your own.” – Boundaries in an Overconnected World

My Thoughts
Boundaries in an Overconnected World is a book that should be read by everyone who uses electronics. Smartphones, tablets, and computers are great devices. I use them all, too. However, I know how to interact with people and not be connected to it at all times. What I have personally seen happening with smartphones is a bit crazy. People prefer to be using those instead of interacting with others who they are actually with in real life. Personally, I’d rather be talking with someone next to me, instead of typing a text to someone else. That text can happen later, you know?

I’ve also seen the ridiculous use of oversharing on social networks. Seeing what someone is doing at every part of the day, including the pictures of the meal they are eating, or the random thought they are having is not necessary. I don’t care, and I seriously doubt anyone else does either.

Boundaries in this overconnected world need to be learned and maintained. This book really helps with just about every type of electronic situation that you could encounter, even online dating. Anne Katherine also has very helpful (and safe) tips on this as well.

Overall, this is an excellent book that should be read by everyone in this day and age. I highly recommend it!

* Thank you to the publisher of Boundaries in an Overconnected World, New World Library, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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