... "The Circle" by Dave Eggers. I have to admit, this isn't a page turner for me, at least not yet. I'm not very invested in the protagonist, Mae and I'm just feeling a little bleh about the whole thing. However, this book definitely appeals to the "afraid of technology, humansaregoingtodestroythemselves" part of me. It's not that I'm actually afraid of technology, it's just that I'm not so sure that all of these advancements in technology, namely social media, are actually improving our lives (as I sit here blogging). Supposedly it's helping us stay more connected, more efficient - but are we really connecting and do we really all have loads of free time that we didn't have before? Go out to eat with a friend. How many times does that person look at their phone, respond to a text, or get altogether sucked into their device while they're supposed to be spending time with you? How many times are you, yourself guilty of doing the same thing?( <---- This is something I'm trying to be mindful of, sometimes making a rule helps... like, I'll only check my phone if the person is in the restroom, etc.)
So far, The Circle seems to be, not so subtly, showing the reader the absurdity of what this technology is turning us into. I'm at the point in the book now where Mae is starting to realize that the technologies she's required to use at The Circle are not making her life any less busy, complicated or enriched, but rather doing the opposite. We'll see how I end up feeling about this book once I've finished it, but for now I think it's at least a good reminder that we don't have to adopt every new technology that's out there if we don't feel that it will benefit our lives. Weigh the benefits, let's be critical about what we're willing to take time to look at and use. We will all have varying degrees of social media use (for example), but it should at least be an outcome we come to through some soul searching and awareness. Right?
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