Guy P. Harrison – Think Before You Like

In Think Before You Like: Social Media’s Effect on the Brain and the Tools You Need to Navigate Your Newsfeed, journalist, and author, Guy P. Harrison recommends to think twice before you put your trust in the what social media and the internet in general offers to you. There’s a clear business model behind Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, etc. Data about you, your content (photos, videos, updates, likes, comments, friends, followers, address books) to be sold for hard dollars to advertisers. The 2016 U.S. presidential elections made ‘fake news’ popular, although it’s been around for ages.

Will you believe everything Google serves you, or treat it like just a search engine, convinced that algorithms may not necessarily present you the best and validated information? Did you read the Terms of Service for every application and network you signed up for? How superficial are your online friendships? And, more important, is it time to confess that you’re a social media addict, prone to compulsive checking your networks?

Harrison highlights both the positive and negative sides of social media, Edward Snowden’s disclosure of stolen information, sexting, manipulation of as well as the opportunities to connect, are covered. At the end of the book, the author emphasizes that the world still needs your hands and feet to become a better place to live. Marvelous endeavors like the Apollo program weren’t born out of clicks on the couch. Harrison ends up with visions of the next phase of the world wide web. Think Before You Like!

About the author

Guy P. Harrison is an award-winning journalist and the author of Good Thinking: What You Need to Know to Be Smarter, Safer, Wealthier, and Wiser; Think: Why You Should Question Everything; 50 Simple Questions for Every Christian; 50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True; 50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a God; and Race and Reality: What Everyone Should Know about Our Biological Diversity.