Saturday, March 22

The Hyperlinked Life by Jun Young & David Kinnaman

When seeing that David Kinnaman (UnChristian, You Lost Me) co-authored this book, I knew I had to pick it up. When I saw that the other co-author, Jun Young, worked at Microsoft and in communications, I was even more intrigued. The Hyperlinked Life is a part of the Barna Group’s “Frames” series. This series is composed of several short books (this one clocks in at a whopping 95 pages, including the note and ‘about’ sections. The goal of Frames is to offer, “…concise, data-driven and visually appealing insights for anyone who wants a more faith-driven and fulfilling life.”

The topic in The Hyperlinked Life is ‘Information Overload,’ something that has permeated our society. The book starts out with several great infographics that show some results from the Barna Groups polling. These infographs show how tied we are to our technology, especially our social media and cell phones. There is a small section from the Barna Group offering a further breakdown of the results and they illustrate the daily toll our constant reliance on technology can take on us.

After this section Kinnaman and Young encourage us to take a look at what we use technology for, and to see if we truly need to use it as much. This is not to say that technology are social media are bad, but that they are often used in a way that is unhealthy. Social media and technological fasts or Sabbaths are encouraged, and the polls and real life stories are used to illustrate the point.

While The Hyperlinked Life is a tiny book, it does not lessen the message. Far too many authors take up unnecessary space in over-explaining their point. Kinnaman and Young and the Barna Group contributors are concise, but present their information and thoughts strongly. And to think, I used to think books under 200 pages were short! This is a fast read, and hopefully will encourage you to re-think how you engage with technology. As a bonus, it’s a book that’s definitely possible to read in one sitting without taking too much of your day!

4/5 Stars

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