Review Details

12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You

Product Review (submitted on May 15, 2017):
Since earbuds started appearing in our ears with iPods or other music devices, I have felt that those who do this in public in places like the grocery store are tuning out of the world into their own private space. I consider this to be rude and have stated such to those in my family who do this.
Such devices are very handy to pass the time when out walking or running exercise or even in the gym when struggling through a tough workout. These devices have also enhanced my knowledge base by offering various forms of audio books.
I currently have an audiobook library of several hundred books, most of which would never have been read if I only had physical books. I spend hours on the road as part of my job and commute. Audio books also pass the time in an entertaining way when on long road trips.
Almost all of this reading (listening) is done when I am alone.
This is unfortunately not the case for many, many people, especially younger folk. It is becoming more and more common to see ear buds in both ears of young people even when in the presence of friends and family.
As Tony Reinke points out in his book, these behaviors have only gotten worse now that we have instant continuous access to not only audio but also pictures, video and political speech twenty-four hours per day, seven days per week.
While there is a great deal of knowledge that is either necessary (google maps) or beneficial (election results), much of the information that is readily available through various online sources on our cell phones is either inaccurate, completely false or inconsequential to our lives.
It is very discouraging to see a group of friends or family members sitting together at a dinner table or out together, each one glued to his own cell phone. The breakdown of face-to-face communication which started with phones, migrated to email and now has blossomed with the various social media formats led by Facebook have in my opinion, moved us toward a less loving, less caring society driven by the opinions of others.
This book is a wakeup call to those of us who are unwittingly falling into this trap of information overload and the breakdown of our relationships.
The author makes a point of the effect of these devices on our spiritual life. I agree with some of them but as he admits, there can be an enhancement of our spiritual life through the expanse of Biblical truth and study also available on our pocketable device. I personally attend church with a netbook loaded with multiple versions of the Bible, commentaries and a newly downloaded set of sermon notes. This device has greatly enhanced my church experience.
The narrator, Tom Parks did an excellent job of narration and kept the book interesting all the way through.

I was given a free audio version of this book for my agreement to review it but this has not influenced my personal impressions of the book.