Title – The Facebook Diet: 50 Funny Signs of Facebook Addiction and Ways to Unplug with a Digital Detox
Author – Gemini Adams
Rating – 4/5 Stars
“Award-winning author and illustrator, Gemini Adams, inspires us to examine the health of our high-tech habits in this entertaining gift book with a tongue-in-cheek look at our love of social media.
Featuring a series of 50 hilarious cartoons that complete the question, “You Know You’re a Facebook Addict When…?” Adams cleverly illustrates the more idiotic, embarrassing and cringe-worthy behaviors of our social networking excess.
The funny digital detox tips gently ‘poke’ readers to unplug once in a while and consider taking The Facebook Diet.
Perfect for Facebook junkies everywhere!” (description from Goodreads)
After reading this book, what did I do? I went back onto my computer to mark that I read it and proceeded to see what I missed online when I was reading. I’m mildly addiction to my social media. Being an author and reader has pushed me toward the continuous interaction with authors and fans worldwide. It’s not always a problem for me, as I try to balance it with real world activities, but for some it’s a flat-out addiction.
The Facebook Diet calls out many of the symptoms that a Facebook addict might exhibit, while doing so in a funny way. I found the illustrations to cause more laughter than the accompanying text, but pictures are known for saying “1000 words” while a funny sentence on the next page only says so much.
I wasn’t expecting much more than the author to poke fun as how addicting the social media site is, but for me, reading it in one sitting was a little bit of an overload. There was simply a bit more in there than I would have liked. The point was made, and the “funny” began to get old. I know if I had read it a few bits at a time, the comedic factor would have lasted longer. So it’s all in how you read it, I’d say. Getting to the end changed things up enough though. It eventually switched to activities to do INSTEAD of being on Facebook. It kept its comedic edge, which was great. There are also a few websites mentions in the book’s suggestions. They’re new to me, so I’ll have to look them up, but the titles seem to be sites that want to “help” the social media addicted.
As this book is labeled a funny gift book, I have to come to the bottom line that that is what the reader gets. It would make a great, hilarious gift for many people to give to their Facebook addicted friends.
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About the Author:
Gemini Adams is an artist, educator and award-winning author of several life-enhancing books — The Facebook Diet: 50 Funny Signs of Facebook Addiction and Ways to Unplug with a Tech-Detox, Your Legacy of Love: Realize the Gift in Goodbye, The Top 100 Recipes for Happy Kids.
Her works have been translated into Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and have earned her the Mom’s Choice Gold Award, National Best Book Award, the Dad’s Seal of Approval and position as Finalist in the International Book Awards.
Gemini is also the co-author of two non-fiction titles, More Than Money: How to Leave Your Family a Lasting Legacy and Open to Hope: Inspirational Stories of Healing After Loss.
Gemini is a recipient of the prestigious Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship a member of the National Federation of Spiritual Healers, The Society of Authors, The Independent Publisher’s Association and she is a contributing writer to Open to Hope, the web’s leading resource for information and advice on love and loss.
Keen to support other authors, Gemini founded the Finish Your Book educational program in 2009 to provide writers with expert advice on writing, publishing, self-publishing, selling and promoting their books.
Originally from Salisbury, England (it’s about 10 miles from Stonehenge), she now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their two dogs, Paddy and Murphy, who are tasked with keeping Gemini’s feet warm while she’s writing!
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