Recently I have had the chance to read the book "Unfriend Yourself" by Kyle Tennant. I ordered it off of Amazon, and while it is a short read, it has given me much to think about, and much to write about. Unfriend Yourself is a book that is written in a critical tone about how people have come to use Facebook. It is also written from a religious point of view. The author is a youth director and graduate of the Moody Bible Institute. While this book may not immediately seem like a desirable read to a person who is not religious, I would state that it has a lot of interesting points to make about Facebook use. If you do wonder, however, what place Facebook and social media has in a Christian life, this would be a good book to pick up and read. It is available as both an electronic kindle and physical book.
This is a small book, which is designed to be read in a weekend. At the end of each chapter (meant to be read in a day), the author gives the reader a task or experiment that they can use to come up with their own conclusions about social media. One example of such a task is to "go do something creative, or fun, or exciting, all by yourself, and tell nobody about it." These tasks are simple, but perhaps they are not something that many of us, as (a)social addicted individuals, ordinarily bother doing.
Kyle Tennant begins with a history of how he came to see and use Facebook. He was a user of Facebook in high school and during college (later on you will find that he has not given up Facebook, but is still a functioning member of the site). Tennant mentions getting a running start on his social life after getting accepted to, but before starting, Moody Bible Institute. However, he finds that friendships online were a lot different than friendships in person. When he met his new Facebook friends, he notes that they were awkward off of Facebook. Tennant states that he still uses Facebook, "this is not a book about how Facebook is evil; it is a book about thinking" (21). He explains that "at its core, this is a book about the promises Facebook and other social media make and how they often fail to deliver on those promises" (22). This is one of the best chapters of the book, and one that provides the reader with much to think about.