Book: Das Internet muss weg
Author: Schlecky Silberstein
Now I will apologize in advance because the title and the content is in German, but if the English version is out there, all the better.
On my holiday visit to family in Germany I did myself a favour and did some browsing for some interesting reading in the book shops. I think I visited a total of seven stores, and only bought one book (after visiting that shop three times). However, never really having read one whole book that criticizes the internet (but merely smaller chunks), this book, I felt, was the insight that ultimately led me to delete my facebook account.
Among the great benefits that all social media does offer, the cost is ultimately not worth it, unless used cautiously. Becoming addicted and maybe even depressed are some of the side-effects that are amongst their greatest levels nowadays for young social media users. As the book describes, the millennials and younger generations are the most addicted to the internet.
The intentions, I strongly believe, of the internet, were good, but some of the side-effects that came with it are one of the greatest problems that we are facing today. We have become ever-more connected, and can share all our ideas and thoughts freely. But, as great as it is to be able to share everything, we also forget that it can nip us in the bud in future. Some people haven’t acted with care and now they are facing the consequences.
What the book points out is that firms try all means to draw our attention to their websites, and then collect data from our actions on their site (ie. how do we respond to a question, based on giving my personal data (gender, race, political stance, religion, age, place you live, etc.)). They can get statistics, and sell those to other firms who will in turn develop products/services/mechanisms to draw our attention to them.
Also, because more people can have access to the Internet, they can create a ‘news portal’ and with all these new ones around, we can become confused which provides fake news and which provides true news. And when fake news spreads, then havoc could follow.
All these things are not healthy for us, but they come with the Internet, and we become vulnerable to it.
The book doesn’t intend to give a bad reputation to anyone specifically, or to a company, but it does wish to point out what are some of the side-effects that have come around to invade our modern lives with the ever-more utilization and involvement of the internet in our daily lives.
I know this may be a short review, but it is clear that the book collects some significant facts to show the devastating effects that the internet can have on our lives, if not managed properly. For this, I want to rate it as a 4.5/5, mainly because I feel the book could have given some more examples on the different side-effects. However, the book gives a strong message that shouldn’t be overlooked by my personal rating.
Do yourself the favour, and get some more insight. If not to avoid the internet, then at least to become more careful how you use it!