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The happiness effect : how social media is driving a generation to appear perfect at any cost, Donna Freitas ; foreword by Christian Smith

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The happiness effect : how social media is driving a generation to appear perfect at any cost
Title
The happiness effect
Title remainder
how social media is driving a generation to appear perfect at any cost
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Donna Freitas ; foreword by Christian Smith
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
Sexting. Cyberbullying. Narcissism. Social media has become the dominant force in young people's lives, and each day seems to bring another shocking tale of private pictures getting into the wrong hands, or a lament that young people feel compelled to share their each and every thought with the entire world. Have smartphones and social media created a generation of self-obsessed egomaniacs? Absolutely not, Donna Freitas argues in this book. And, she says, these alarmist fears are drawing attention away from the real issues that young adults are facing. Drawing on a large-scale survey and interviews with students on thirteen college campuses, Freitas finds that what young people are overwhelmingly concerned with -- what they really want to talk about -- is happiness. They face enormous pressure to look perfect online -- not just happy, but blissful, ecstatic, and fabulously successful. Unable to achieve this impossible standard, they are anxious about letting the less-than-perfect parts of themselves become public. Far from wanting to share everything, they are brutally selective when it comes to curating their personal profiles, and worry obsessively that they might unwittingly post something that could come back to haunt them later in life. Through candid conversations with young people from diverse backgrounds, Freitas reveals how even the most well-adjusted individuals can be stricken by self-doubt when they compare their experiences with the vast collective utopia that they see online. And sometimes, as on anonymous platforms like Yik Yak, what they see instead is a depressing cesspool of racism and misogyny. Yet young people are also extremely attached to their smartphones and apps, which sometimes bring them great pleasure. It is very much a love-hate relationship. While much of the public's attention has been focused on headline-grabbing stories, the everyday struggles and joys of young people have remained under the radar. Freitas brings their feelings to the fore, in the words of young people themselves
Summary
Sexting. Cyberbullying. Narcissism. As the pervasive forces of social media continue to define millennial culture, fears about the dangers of online life abound. We constantly hear about how smartphones are pushing young people towards terrifying new extremes of extraversion, allowing them to share and 'like' every last latte on Instagram, advertise themselves to potential mates on Tinder, and barrage celebrities with hostile personal attacks on Twitter. In a world where handheld devices give us instant access to the romantic aspirations, professional quandaries, and political two cents of others, many wonder: is the inescapable pressure to share anything and everything causing young people to disregard the need for integrity and independence in their private lives?
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Writing style
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10550824
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
004.67/80835
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HQ799.2.I5
LC item number
F745 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
Target audience
adult
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how social media is driving a generation to appear perfect at any cost
Label
The happiness effect : how social media is driving a generation to appear perfect at any cost, Donna Freitas ; foreword by Christian Smith
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 301-331) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Masters of happiness -- Is everybody hanging out without me? Comparing ourselves to others and the importance of being "liked" -- The professionalization of Facebook: (And why everyone should keep their opinions to themselves) -- My name is my brand and my brand is happiness! -- The selfie generation: Why social media is more of a "girl thing" -- Performing for God: Religion on (and off) social media -- Virtual playgrounds: The rise of Yik Yak, the joys of Snapchat, and why anonymity is just so liberating -- An acceptable level of meanness: The bullies, the bullied, and the problem of vulnerability -- So you wanna make that Facebook official? -- The ethics of sexting: Tinder, dating, and the promise of mutually assured destruction -- My smartphone and me: A love-hate relationship -- Taking a timeout from the timeline: Students who quit social media and why
Control code
5856238
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xix, 339 pages
Isbn
9780190239855
Lccn
2016009997
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn946076204
  • (OCoLC)946076204
Label
The happiness effect : how social media is driving a generation to appear perfect at any cost, Donna Freitas ; foreword by Christian Smith
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 301-331) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Masters of happiness -- Is everybody hanging out without me? Comparing ourselves to others and the importance of being "liked" -- The professionalization of Facebook: (And why everyone should keep their opinions to themselves) -- My name is my brand and my brand is happiness! -- The selfie generation: Why social media is more of a "girl thing" -- Performing for God: Religion on (and off) social media -- Virtual playgrounds: The rise of Yik Yak, the joys of Snapchat, and why anonymity is just so liberating -- An acceptable level of meanness: The bullies, the bullied, and the problem of vulnerability -- So you wanna make that Facebook official? -- The ethics of sexting: Tinder, dating, and the promise of mutually assured destruction -- My smartphone and me: A love-hate relationship -- Taking a timeout from the timeline: Students who quit social media and why
Control code
5856238
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xix, 339 pages
Isbn
9780190239855
Lccn
2016009997
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn946076204
  • (OCoLC)946076204

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