Books

Light, Bright and Polite

Josh Ochs

Light, Bright and Polite is an excellent guide for young people to harnessing the immense potential of social media for the good of bettering their career prospects. Useful concise recommendations at the end of each chapter reinforce the practicality of the author’s message, while the book’s accessibility allows busy parents and teenagers to use it as a valuable reference point. Ultimately, the greatest strength of the book lies in its appeal to young people. It speaks their language, offers concrete examples of how to improve their digital presence and empowers them to make the most of a platform that they know intimately. 

Language: 
English
Year of publication: 
2015

Reclaiming Conversation

Sherry Turkle

Sherry Turkle considers face-to-face conversation an element which lies at the base of human interactions, and the digital alternatives are threating this balance.

Turkle asserts, the normal live conversation is really important for everyone, especially for young people: frequent communication with parents seems to be essential for children to develop empathy and self-reflection.

As the book shows, family conversations are the most striked: according to Sherry, the vicious circle works like this: “Parents give their children phones. Children can’t get their parents’ attention away from their phones, so children take refuge in their own devices. Then, parents use their children’s absorption with phones as permission to have their own phones out as much as they wish.”

Language: 
English
Year of publication: 
2015

It's complicated: the social lives of networked teens

Danah Boyd

With a sympathetic, unexaggerated and realistic vision, the author of this excellent book deals with the apparent problems that face the young people of today due to the widespread growth of digital communications. After years of research, discussion and reflection, the conclusion that Boyd reaches about what lies in store for a society where everything is digital, is already in the title of her book: it’s complicated.

The book’s introduction is especially illuminating on this subject.

You may not agree with all of the conclusions and opinions of the book, but it is undoubtedly a quite accurate and complete analysis.

Language: 
English
Year of publication: 
2014

The social costs of pornography

James R. Stoner and Donna M. Hughes

An important study on pornography addiction carried out by a team of authors from the Witherspoon Institute. They explain how the obsession demands increasingly explicit and violent images, and how the effects of pornography tear lives apart and damage the morality of society. They also provide a potential solution for this global problem.

Due to its subject and depth of argument, this book is not recommended for young people who may be still developing emotionally and intellectually.

Language: 
English
Year of publication: 
2014

Alone Together

Sherry Turkle

After years of research into the area of new technologies and interviews with thousands of parents and teenagers, researcher Sherry Turkle presents a quite complete analysis of what is happening in the real world, the value of friendship, the meaning that we give to privacy, how we understand virtual community, etc., in this fantastic book.

She warns us of the risk of being alone, despite being permanently “connected”, in a world in which people are struggling to make eye contact and only know how to communicate through a screen.
Official website: http://alonetogetherbook.com/

Language: 
English
Year of publication: 
2012

The Drug of the New Millennium

Mark B. Kastleman

An interesting book that highlights the major harmful effects of Internet pornography, including the problem of addiction. The book is divided into two main parts. The first part explains the psychological consequences of Internet pornography on the user, while the second part offers solutions.

Besides analysing the addictive nature of pornography from various viewpoints (medical, sociological, cultural, etc...), the author also accurately exposes the different ploys that the pornogrpahy market use to sell their product to a more "appropriate" demographic, which is where, in reality, you mainly find children and teenagers.

There is a more recent version of the book available in Italian, which Kastleman wrote with DeRuvo, entitled "L'ultima droga - la pornografia su Internet e il suo impatto sulla mente".

Language: 
English
Year of publication: 
2009

Masterminds and Wingmen

Rosalind Wiseman

The author of this book offers us a surprising insight into the lives of teenage boys. Her explanations can help us to understand why things are perhaps not so "easy" for boys, as they struggle to maintain their own personality in a social, digital world where appearances and reactions they produce are not always as expected.

You may not agree with all of Wiseman's opinions but her analysis is very deep and of a high standard.
The first pages of her book can be read on her personal website here.

Language: 
English
Year of publication: 
2014