like everywhere you look these days, everyone and everything is
connected to an online site. It often feels that if you aren't
connected you might just be missing out.
began reading this book, the irony is that I was unconnected.
My Internet had been down for three days. I hate to admit, but
I did miss it. Maybe not the social networking sites, but you
don't truly realize how much you use the Internet on a daily basis
until it is down. I am constantly looking things up.
is about the ever-changing, technology-driven world we live in
today. With more forms of technology than ever before, people
are spending more time online and connected than in the real world.
Dr. Gregory L. Jantz is very frank with his own obsession with
his phone and how much time he spends online. He gives examples
not only through other people's point of view, but examples he
sees in his own life. This book is intended to be informative
and reads similar to a textbook. At the end of each chapter there
is a Connection Section that gives tips and exercises to
discover your own technology use.
has published numerous self-help books on topics such as eating
disorders, gambling, weight loss, abuse, depression, and anxiety.
He is also the founder of The Center for Counselling and Health
Resources, Inc. which is a leading healthcare facility in Seattle.
His website, aplaceofhope.com goes into further detail about the
book, he talks about the new phenomenon of using friend
as a verb. The average Facebook user has a least 130 friends,
but he questions whether they actually talk to these people or
has it become a competition of who can collect the most? He then
makes a great reference that perhaps the reason Jesus had 12 disciples
is because that was the maximum number of people he could actually
devote his time to. It makes you think
how many people on
your Facebook do you actually talk to? So many are just mere acquaintances
yet we refuse to delete them. Jantz writes, "when friend
was a noun, it described someone you knew well and liked, and
vice versa" (68). Jantz believes that true friendship is
a noun and advises to resist the urge of using friend as verb.
In a chapter
titled Just Like Real Life, he discusses that many people
are putting more importance on their online life than the life
they are actually experiencing. Instead of living in the real
world, they are living in a virtual one. How they portray themselves
through photos and status updates preoccupies their day. Does
that picture make them look fat? Did her comment on his wall sound
stupid? Jantz has discovered that the more stressful and chaotic
a person's real life is, the more perfect it appears in their
virtual life. You would never know that these people are going
through a divorce or that they have an addiction problem. Jantz
writes, "Children create fantasy to practice who they will
be; adults create fantasy to hide from who they are" (91).
Jantz makes a really valid point. When you see a person online
who seems to be having the ultimate experiences and the best life,
it is often not how it is in reality.
further goes on to consider our expectations of technology. His
section, Instant Download discusses how we expect technology
to be fast and efficient. He reminds us of a simpler time of dial-up
and being able to make a sandwich while waiting for your computer
to load. Back then we were so amazed by computers that the simple
functions they did provide us with were worth the wait. In 2012,
we have laptops, iPads, Smartphones, etc. and when they fail to
download a document within a few seconds, we get irritated with
about our fear of being disconnected from technology. Twenty years
ago when you left the office at 5 p.m., you weren't going to get
a sudden call or email from your boss or customers. A person was
only called at home if it was an absolute emergency. Now we can
be connected to our jobs 24/7. Jantz gives the example of some
people not being able to cottage in dead zones due to anxiety
about being needed in the workplace.
section I was apprehensive about was the final chapter that was
titled The Ultimate Filter. This filter is God's voice
and his voice on technology. Jantz uses his own Christian experiences
and his role as a Christian therapist to guide the reader through
this section. He pulls Biblical passages to help him. Though I
am a Christian, Catholics read the Bible contextually and not
so literal, which makes it difficult for me personally to read
these passages as Jantz intends them to be viewed. I would assume
that people of other religions might have the same issues in the
final chapter. However, Jantz realizes this problem and respects
people's views. He suggests taking what pertains to your own life
from this chapter.
#Hooked was an interesting read and shed some light on the current
issues with technology in our lives. Though I only have a computer
and a basic cell phone, it made me think of how we all coped before
technology took over and if I remember correctly, we all coped
The pitfalls of media, technology and social networking is
available at bookstores everywhere.
978-1616382575 / Publisher: Siloam / (May 1, 2012) / Paperback:
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