Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now

Jaron Lanier

We all know that too much social media is bad for us. Silicon Valley scientist-pioneer Jaron Lanier goes one step further and argues that it is making us sadder, angrier, less empathetic, more fearful, more isolated and more tribal - and we should delete our accounts entirely. In this hard-hitting book, he explains why social media platforms' toxic effects are at the heart of their design, sets out ten simple arguments as to why liberating yourself from its hold will transform your life and the world for the better, and outlines a vision for an alternative that provides all the benefits of social media,without the harm.

Irresistible

Adam Alter

If going cold turkey on your Instagram is too extreme for you to contemplate, Adam Alter's Irresistible will be up your street. He dives into the world of technology addiction and what might be done about it. From cliff-hangers to earworms, from religion to pornography, and from the awesome allure of the 'Kim Kardashian: Hollywood' app to the unexpected benefits of the 'butt-brush effect', this book will help you understand the why of addiction in the modern age and equip you with the tools and understanding you need to navigate our irresistible new world, using technology differently to have a happier life.

Peak: How All of Us Can Achieve Extraordinary Things

Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool

Learning new skills doesn't need to be daunting. Musical prodigies, sports stars and leading scientists acquire their special abilities through training – and all of us can do the same. Based on thirty years of pioneering research, Peak shows that success simply requires the right kind of practice, and offers essential advice on setting goals, receiving guidance and motivating ourselves. The astonishing stories prove that whether it's at work or at school, in the music room or on the sports field, you can master almost anything.

Designing Your Life

Bill Burnett and Dave Evans

For a hands on guide, Designing Your Life is the answer. Using their own experiences and those of their students, the two design innovators and Stanford University professors take you through proven techniques that will put you on the right track. Whether you want to balance work and play more evenly, or try a new path, the tried and tested methods in this book will ensure you're in control of your career.

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