I’ll give this one 3.5.
I really enjoyed the first half of the book. I find brain science fascinating, and the changes that phones/screens can make to our brains is cool and scary, especially in kids. I definitely notice a difference in my boys when they have too much screen time. Anything over an hour, and I usually end up with grumpy kids. But sometimes, well, make that a lot of times, I’m lazy, and they end up having more than an hour on weekends. The screen time thing is definitely a work in progress.
Anyway, I enjoyed the first half of the book because it pretty much summarized the things I’ve learned in the last year. It made me kind of wish I’d read this book first, because it was such a good summary. It didn’t go into too much detail, but it got the point across.
But then we came to the second half of the book. This is the 30-Day plan. I think the author went with 30 days because that’s what is “in” right now, but it would have been better if it had been the 7 day plan. There was a ton of filler in this half of the book. When you have a 30 day plan, you should have 30 days of action steps. There were 5, maybe six action steps. The rest of the second part of the book was filled with other people’s testimonials and answers to some questions the author asked. I enjoyed reading those, but I still felt like they were in there to make this a 200 page book, and it HAD to be a 200 page book at the very least because the publisher was determined to charge $9.99 for a freaking ebook. My bad for buying it and allowing them to think that was a fair price. I wouldn’t have minded $4.99, but it’s not worth $9.99
Not the author’s fault. Well, except that she chose to traditionally publish and not fight on the price. lol
ANYWAY, if you want a good intro to how we’re hooked on phones and some good suggestions on how to get un-hooked, this is a great book. I also like the author’s approach. She’s not saying phones are evil or you should get rid of them or use them a lot less; she’s saying be mindful about how you use them. Do you really want to use your phone as a distraction any time you have down time? Do you want to reach for your phone 40+ times a day? What could you accomplish if you weren’t on your phone so much?
The only objection I had to the author’s approach was her app-creators-are-evil thing. She goes into how companies are using brain science to get you to stay on their apps longer. What does she want them to do? Make apps that are boring? That don’t engage the customer? It’s the customer’s responsibility to put down the phone. It’s the parent’s responsibility to make sure their kid’s put it down. The companies aren’t evil. They’re providing a product that their audience wants, and that’s what they’re S
UPPOSED to do.
Overall, a good book, but definitely wait until it’s on sale to buy.