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Award-winning author and illustrator, Gemini Adams, inspires us to examine the health of our high-tech habits in this entertaining gift book with a tongue-in-cheek look at our love of social media. This Mom's Choice Gold Award winning book features a series of 50 hilarious cartoons that complete the question, "You Know You're a Facebook Addict When...?" in which Adams clev Award-winning author and illustrator, Gemini Adams, inspires us to examine the health of our high-tech habits in this entertaining gift book with a tongue-in-cheek look at our love of social media. This Mom's Choice Gold Award winning book features a series of 50 hilarious cartoons that complete the question, "You Know You're a Facebook Addict When...?" in which Adams cleverly illustrates the more idiotic, embarrassing and cringe-worthy behaviors of our social networking excess. Packed with funny digital detox tips that gently 'poke' at readers to unplug once in a while, this laugh-out-loud gift book is guaranteed to bring a smile of recognition to Facebook junkies everywhere! Watch the book trailer: http://youtu.be/y4OExudlFTs Join the Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/unplugseries Visit the website: http://www.unplugseries.com *** Praise for The Facebook Diet *** "Addicted to Facebook? It may be time to rethink your priorities, consider a 'Facebook Diet'." — THE HUFFINGTON POST “Need a digital detox? Try the Facebook Diet.” — THE TODAY SHOW "A hilarious gift book. Highly recommended." — THE MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW "Brilliant! True and funny!" — BOOK DIVAS “A light-hearted giggle on how everyone’s addicted to Facebook.” — GEEK MAGAZINE " An amusing look at our fixation with this phenomenon." — THE FEATHERED QUILL "A fun, entertaining and giggle inducing read." — THE BOMBSHELL MOMMY “Get on The Facebook Diet!” — CAMPUS CIRCLE


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Award-winning author and illustrator, Gemini Adams, inspires us to examine the health of our high-tech habits in this entertaining gift book with a tongue-in-cheek look at our love of social media. This Mom's Choice Gold Award winning book features a series of 50 hilarious cartoons that complete the question, "You Know You're a Facebook Addict When...?" in which Adams clev Award-winning author and illustrator, Gemini Adams, inspires us to examine the health of our high-tech habits in this entertaining gift book with a tongue-in-cheek look at our love of social media. This Mom's Choice Gold Award winning book features a series of 50 hilarious cartoons that complete the question, "You Know You're a Facebook Addict When...?" in which Adams cleverly illustrates the more idiotic, embarrassing and cringe-worthy behaviors of our social networking excess. Packed with funny digital detox tips that gently 'poke' at readers to unplug once in a while, this laugh-out-loud gift book is guaranteed to bring a smile of recognition to Facebook junkies everywhere! Watch the book trailer: http://youtu.be/y4OExudlFTs Join the Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/unplugseries Visit the website: http://www.unplugseries.com *** Praise for The Facebook Diet *** "Addicted to Facebook? It may be time to rethink your priorities, consider a 'Facebook Diet'." — THE HUFFINGTON POST “Need a digital detox? Try the Facebook Diet.” — THE TODAY SHOW "A hilarious gift book. Highly recommended." — THE MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW "Brilliant! True and funny!" — BOOK DIVAS “A light-hearted giggle on how everyone’s addicted to Facebook.” — GEEK MAGAZINE " An amusing look at our fixation with this phenomenon." — THE FEATHERED QUILL "A fun, entertaining and giggle inducing read." — THE BOMBSHELL MOMMY “Get on The Facebook Diet!” — CAMPUS CIRCLE

30 review for The Facebook Diet: 50 Funny Signs of Facebook Addiction and Ways to Unplug with a Digital Detox

  1. 5 out of 5

    Karielle at Books à la Mode

    Such an overly wired world like ours needs the occasional humorous reflection to prevent us from getting completely lost within the techosphere, and a simple solution is the Facebook Diet: a Facebook detox every once in a while. This may seem completely impossible for some (and if that's the case, you need this book NOW!!), while completely irrelevant to others, but regardless of the number of messages in your inbox, the urgency of your unread notifications, or how many friend requests you have Such an overly wired world like ours needs the occasional humorous reflection to prevent us from getting completely lost within the techosphere, and a simple solution is the Facebook Diet: a Facebook detox every once in a while. This may seem completely impossible for some (and if that's the case, you need this book NOW!!), while completely irrelevant to others, but regardless of the number of messages in your inbox, the urgency of your unread notifications, or how many friend requests you have pending, Gemini Adams's fully illustrated cartoon-style book is bound to entertain Facebook users of every kind. Some of the "symptoms" of Facebook addiction will totally have you thinking That is so me, while others are just plain silly, but this variety and balance is what makes The Facebook Diet such a lighthearted, ironic read. What I love is how Gemini Adams isn't just about being funny; she genuinely has a purpose with this book: to reveal to social media addicts (like yours truly) how much technology is taking over our lives. While this obviously isn't anything ground-breaking or extremely eye-opening, it's a comical, refreshing reminder of what matters and what really doesn't in life. Pros Accessible format; easy to skim and enjoy the "You know you're a Facebook addict when..." list // Relevant in today's tech-filled community // Great as a gag gift and for Facebook geeks Cons Chuckle-worthy, but not actually hysterical... // Illustrations aren't that cute Verdict Mostly amusing, a little vulgar, and completely modern, The Facebook Diet is a socially pertinent and yet still entertaining collection that will not only help you diagnose and cure your Facebook addiction, but also bring a smile to your face. I don't think this is exactly laugh-at-loud-worthy, but it's still a cute anecdote for our internet-dependent culture. Rating: 7 out of 10 hearts (4 stars): Not perfect, but overall enjoyable; borrow, don't buy! Source Complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you, Live Consciously!).

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

    I am a self-proclaimed Facebook addict. I feel like I'm always checking Facebook for something, no matter what time of day or night. I use it for my business, and my couponing, which is my main hobby. Therefore, I'm on it for about eight or nine hours a day most days. Recently I found a book filled with a collection of comics called The Facebook Diet, and thought it looked like something I would identify with. I loved it. It was absolutely hysterical. Not only was The Facebook Diet hilarious, it I am a self-proclaimed Facebook addict. I feel like I'm always checking Facebook for something, no matter what time of day or night. I use it for my business, and my couponing, which is my main hobby. Therefore, I'm on it for about eight or nine hours a day most days. Recently I found a book filled with a collection of comics called The Facebook Diet, and thought it looked like something I would identify with. I loved it. It was absolutely hysterical. Not only was The Facebook Diet hilarious, it was relatable too. There were several times when I was reading where I thought "That is totally me", or "Hey, I do that a lot too". The most relatable comic for me was the one where someone was logging into Facebook just to check it, and they look up and find out that five hours have passed. I feel like I do that all the time. Facebook can be a gigantic time suck. I also found the comics themselves to be a great source of enjoyment. All of them were well drawn, which made the captions even more relatable. They also had me falling over laughing about ninety-nine percent of the time. As a forewarning though, some of the comics did contain nudity, which I found surprising. The book was definitely not as kid friendly as I thought it was going to be. I loved everything about The Facebook Diet. The comics were hilarious, and oh so relatable! Whether it's a good thing or not that they're relatable, I don't know. It definitely says a lot about me. The only thing that the book could have done better is that I wish it had some sort of adults only, or inappropriate content inside label. Otherwise, I thought it was amazing. I recommend this collection of comics to adults with F.A.D. (Facebook Addiction Disorder).

  3. 4 out of 5

    DubaiReader

    Oh dear, what to write about a humorous book that only made me crack a smile once? This is a rather facetious book about the Facebook phenomenon and its effects on our lives and those of our friends and family. It starts with an introduction that most purchasers will probably, wisely, skip. Followed by a series of 50 cartoons, all begining with the line "You know you're a Facebook addict when....." The cartoons are followed by 'The Diet' - suggestions such as "Close your facebook account", well, ye Oh dear, what to write about a humorous book that only made me crack a smile once? This is a rather facetious book about the Facebook phenomenon and its effects on our lives and those of our friends and family. It starts with an introduction that most purchasers will probably, wisely, skip. Followed by a series of 50 cartoons, all begining with the line "You know you're a Facebook addict when....." The cartoons are followed by 'The Diet' - suggestions such as "Close your facebook account", well, yes, OK, but "Spend your Facebook time studying Roget's Thesaurus for synonyms of 'like', in order to develop your vocabulary" or "Get sent to jail"!! I asked my family to also read this for me, I was afraid I was missing the point. But no, they were not amused either. This may well sell as a stocking filler, bought by people who don't have the time to flick through it but attracted by the title, but if I received it I would be very disappointed by the content. My apologies to the author and publishers but this was a big thumbs down for me.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Suzy Wilson

    I received an electronic ARC from Live Consciously Publishing via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Designed, in the manner of French For Cats as a light-hearted, humorous gift suggestion for the friend or family member who has it all, this little book presents us a funny little collection of epigrams and illustrations providing commentary on the social utility, FaceBook - and it's addictive properties. An entertaining look at one of the plague of First World Problems, in a handy, glos I received an electronic ARC from Live Consciously Publishing via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Designed, in the manner of French For Cats as a light-hearted, humorous gift suggestion for the friend or family member who has it all, this little book presents us a funny little collection of epigrams and illustrations providing commentary on the social utility, FaceBook - and it's addictive properties. An entertaining look at one of the plague of First World Problems, in a handy, glossy format. For those who have experienced and survived - or vicariously monitored with others - such an addiction, the book will strike comic recognition moments. Some of the points have been made elsewhere, sometimes better, other times not so well. The book also contains some handy suggestions on how to overcome such an addiction. Fun and cute and holds its own in its genre.

  5. 5 out of 5

    John

    OK, I'll admit it: I am a Facebook addict. I'm a fixated Facebook follower, someone one with a couple special Facebook browser tabs on my computer. Like others, I'm one of those who gets email alerts when someone comments on one of the items that I'm following, a totally shameless Facebook addict. That's my admission, but enough about me. I first became aware of The Facebook Diet: 50 Funny Signs of Facebook Addiction and Ways to Unplug with a Digital Detox when someone posted a link to me (on Face OK, I'll admit it: I am a Facebook addict. I'm a fixated Facebook follower, someone one with a couple special Facebook browser tabs on my computer. Like others, I'm one of those who gets email alerts when someone comments on one of the items that I'm following, a totally shameless Facebook addict. That's my admission, but enough about me. I first became aware of The Facebook Diet: 50 Funny Signs of Facebook Addiction and Ways to Unplug with a Digital Detox when someone posted a link to me (on Facebook, of course) from a July 2013 NBC News video, asking "Is this you?" This video had an interview with author Gemini Adams, and within offered "tongue-in-cheek approach on how to kick the habit." I watched it, laughed, then promptly bought it. The perfect detox for Facebook addicts The Facebook social media site has over a billion users, and has been frequently the subject of many news articles, some interesting and others complete prattle. But there is a humorous side to Facebook and veneration many have for it. It does seem to bring out some bizarre and somewhat obsessive behavior among people there at times, and author Adams does illustrate "our Facebook adoration (or is that addiction?)" quite well on the pages of this book. Right there in the beginning the author notes: "More than 10% of the world's population now has an account and Americans recently logged 101,000 years of Facebook time in a single month--on average, users worldwide spend about 10 hours a month updating, poking, chatting, posting, and tagging!" "You Know You're a Facebook Addict When..." is at the top of most of the clever illustrations here. For some this may seem quite familiar, including to this reader. In fact, while writing this review I've opened my Facebook browser tab a number of times, checking favorite photo gear pages, local happenings, reading messages, and responding to comments on posted items. Addictive, maybe so, but I do know when to unplug at times as suggested by the author. This is a very witty book, and some of the cartoons within are outright hilarious. It's a fast and funny read at all of 146 pages, and the topics all hit home... if you don't mind someone holding up a mirror where you might see yourself. It's not preachy, and author Adams uses well-crafted humor to get the points of this 'digital detox' across to the reader. On a mildly cautionary note, if one has younger children around, it might be advisable to not leave this one out on the coffee table. There are a couple of somewhat naughty, slightly risqué cartoons that may raise an eyebrow. These are far less gamy than some that appear on the Facebook pages themselves, perhaps posted by your 'friends' there. You've been warned; enough said. The Facebook Diet is a good one, offering plenty of laughs for those who frequent the social networking site for more than an hour a day. This is a title that is excellent as a gift for anyone who constantly access the social networking site. And for close friends who read this review and are Facebook obsessive, consider this to be a spoiler as to what your next birthday present may be. You know who you are. This one is the perfect detox for Facebook addicts of all types. Author Gemini Adams

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jillyn

    This is one of those rare times where I feel like I read an entirely different book than everyone else. I didn't find it funny at all. It's not that I didn't get where the humor was supposed to be, I got it. It just wasn't funny. The first half of the book is completions to the sentence "You might be addicted to Facebook if..." The second half is a "diet" of how to stop logging so much time online. First of all, I didn't care for the illustrations. I thought they were pretty badly done. Plus, it This is one of those rare times where I feel like I read an entirely different book than everyone else. I didn't find it funny at all. It's not that I didn't get where the humor was supposed to be, I got it. It just wasn't funny. The first half of the book is completions to the sentence "You might be addicted to Facebook if..." The second half is a "diet" of how to stop logging so much time online. First of all, I didn't care for the illustrations. I thought they were pretty badly done. Plus, it was unnecessarily crass more than once. Regular readers of my reviews know I'm no prude: I read quite a lot of erotica and the like. So it's not an "I'm offended" thing. But there were two drawings of female nudity that didn't add anything- it wasn't funny. There's also a toilet with stink lines. Classy. This book is already a few years old, and it shows. There's a few "jokes" about poking.... Do people still poke? That was a thing when Facebook first got popular but I honestly forgot that was even a feature. Some of them weren't even worth a smile. Such as, the guy with a gun to his head at his birthday party because he didn't get enough birthday wishes on his wall. (See the above note about being dated- it's a timeline, not a wall). There's one about needing therapy after reading about perfect friends- that's an actual study being done, because that shit actually DOES lead to depression. Some of them just aren't accurate, in addition to not being funny. Wrist strain, for example, is not Facebook-specific. There's one that says you've given up addictions like smoking and drinking to Facebook. Because one can't drink at a desk? Some of them actually sound like people who have never had Facebook before, not addicts. One says "you don't know where your privacy settings are". If you're addicted, you know EVERYTHING about these filters, and you've made lists and posts locked to certain people that now by this point, you can censor yourself with ease. Also, that you send friend requests to everyone. Nope. That shit's not safe. There's a difference between being addicted, and being clueless as to how the interwebs work. The second half is full of mostly silly and overdramatic for humor's sake things that one can do instead of being on Facebook, like being a PI so you can stalk people in real life. Not really funny, but I get what they were going for. However, in this "diet" that stresses unplugging and going outside, they actually promote other websites...... What? Seriously? I honestly have no idea who this book is for. It's not for young addicts, that's for sure. The only demographic I can maybe see getting a chuckle out of this book are those old relatives who don't really know how things work, but still won't get off of Facebook. I don't recommend it as a gift or a stocking stuffer, unless you know a woman as oblivious as this book is. This review can also be found on my blog, Bitches n Prose.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dianne Hunt

    When I received my paperback copy in the mail, in exchange for a review, I immediately knew I was going to be laughing out loud. Just the cover alone shows the love/hate relationship I feel I have with Facebook. I imagine there are lots of folks out there who feel the same. The ironic thing in me accepting this book for review is that not too long ago, I myself went through a Facebook Diet. Last year December, I completely deleted my account (which Facebook then taunted me by giving me several w When I received my paperback copy in the mail, in exchange for a review, I immediately knew I was going to be laughing out loud. Just the cover alone shows the love/hate relationship I feel I have with Facebook. I imagine there are lots of folks out there who feel the same. The ironic thing in me accepting this book for review is that not too long ago, I myself went through a Facebook Diet. Last year December, I completely deleted my account (which Facebook then taunted me by giving me several weeks to "change" my mind and sent me an email asking if I was sure I wanted to delete my account). I detoxed for about 3 months. Which I would recommend to everyone. The Facebook Diet, has illustrations depicting each scenario in "You Know You're a Facebook Addict When...". Each illustration is funny and oh so true, as well as is each scenario. As I was reading this, I had several laugh out loud moments where I needed to share with my husband cause he wanted in on the fun. The ones I found the most hilarious were the ones that hit really close to home like: You've replaced your twice a day ritual of teeth cleaning with logging in to Facebook. I check Facebook and other social media sites, like Google+, when drinking my cup of coffee, in the morning, before the rest of house wakes up. It's my "me" time with Facebook. I must admit I get giddy when I see I have received over 10 notifications overnight! Woo Hoo! Are they all relevant to me? No, but it's fun seeing them. It's incredible how when reading the scenarios, I pictured several Facebook friends in my mind and mentally ticked off their names saying "Yep, that is such and such right there". It is really scary how well these scenarios can describe us and those we know around us. There's definitely food for thought in the book. This book is definitely a great gift to give to someone who you know spends way too much time on Facebook or to someone who is well on his or her way to becoming a bonafide Facebook addict. The best thing about the book, besides the side splitting funnies, is that the book gives you ways on how to unplug or detox, if you will, and how to achieve a less Facebook addicted lifestyle. Do I recommend this book? You bet I do! It's a book that everyone who has a Facebook account should read. If not for the educational value you'll get from it, at least read it for the sheer and utter enjoyment you'll get out of it. I recommend it for anyone over 18 years of age, as some of the illustrations are adult themed and fittingly so!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Grady

    Finally, a LOL book about a serious OMG problem: Facebook addiction Gemini Adams has already proved herself as a competent serious writer and now she turns her visual and literary and comedic gifts into what is bound to become a bestseller - The Facebook Diet: 50 Funny Signs of Facebook Addiction and Ways to Unplug with a Tech-Detox - because look around (or even in the mirror) and attempt to count the number of your social group, family and extended family, and even those daytime somnambulists w Finally, a LOL book about a serious OMG problem: Facebook addiction Gemini Adams has already proved herself as a competent serious writer and now she turns her visual and literary and comedic gifts into what is bound to become a bestseller - The Facebook Diet: 50 Funny Signs of Facebook Addiction and Ways to Unplug with a Tech-Detox - because look around (or even in the mirror) and attempt to count the number of your social group, family and extended family, and even those daytime somnambulists walking the streets (or driving their cars) or seated in dark movie houses or restaurants, fact food diners, etc whose sole attention is glued to the little screen as they check the progress of their lives on Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg would be so proud! While many of us are frustrated with the decline in face-to-face communication and the lost art of letter writing and other oddities we used to consider social interaction, we all have to admit that the brazen ghoul of social media has conquered. What Gemini Adams has done in this hilarious and on target book is hold a mirror to us and make us realize how addicted the world at large (age indeterminate) has become to the Facebook phenomenon. The drawings and accompanying notes of defining Facebook addiction are embarrassingly poignant, but have no fear! The last portion of the book is a diet of how to break Facebook addiction (Unplug and take a digital detox - the options are hilarious). There are some subtle statements in this book - (such as the pages that on the left shows a man checking out Harry Hunkay on Facebook and on the right page there is an obvious politicosocial statement of a blank page...Hmmm). But turn page after page of Gemini Adams and you'll likely identify with many of her indications that you are addicted - unless you've already detoxed, which in this period of our social climate it is unlikely you have! Highly recommended not only because it is a terrific and funny book, but because in future years it may become a textbook reference on how all of this madness started. Grady Harp

  9. 5 out of 5

    Henk-Jan van der Klis

    In The Facebook Diet Gemini Adams presents 50 hilarious cartoons clearly indicating Facebook addictions and ways to overcome this habit and Unplug with a Digital Detox. With over 1 billion user Facebook is all about mass communication through status updates in words, pictures and hyperlinks always and everywhere. Friendships are reduced to clicked like button and comments on update posts. If you don’t have a Facebook (FB) account then you are obviously 1. stuck in the MySpace or Friendster era 2. s In The Facebook Diet Gemini Adams presents 50 hilarious cartoons clearly indicating Facebook addictions and ways to overcome this habit and Unplug with a Digital Detox. With over 1 billion user Facebook is all about mass communication through status updates in words, pictures and hyperlinks always and everywhere. Friendships are reduced to clicked like button and comments on update posts. If you don’t have a Facebook (FB) account then you are obviously 1. stuck in the MySpace or Friendster era 2. suffering from Social Media phobia 3. living in China, or worse 4. under a rock. You could say that Facebook is doing a far more effective job than religion at teaching us to “love thy neighbor.” Still, the question remains: How good, bad, healthy, connecting, isolating, or addictive is Facebook? Yes, Facebook has a dark side that leads us into temptation. Many people just can’t get enough, can’t have a conversation, can hardly manage a meal, or watch a movie, let alone a visit to the bathroom without “tagging,” “posting,” “poking,” “liking,” “commenting,” or “chatting” on Facebook. And so, you’re watching in the mirror watching and reading this series of 50 answers to the question “You Know You’re a Facebook Addict When…?” My top-4: 1. you’ve given up your other addictions – alcohol, cigarettes, world of warcraft, and porn -so you can spend more time on Facebook. 2. the guru you worship isn’t the buddha, jesus, or allah, it’s . . .Mark Zuckerberg. 3. You’ve created a page for your imaginary friend, cat, car, or your dog. 4. you really have no idea what Google+ or circles are. Adams suggests unplugging once in a while (that’s why this book is part of the Unplug Series) - it’s a wonderful world out there, you know. Just lean down, grab the plug and pull. It’s easy. ~ Enjoy!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Robert Zimmermann

    After reading this book, what did I do? I went back onto my computer to mark that I read it and proceeded to see what I missed online when I was reading. I’m mildly addiction to my social media. Being an author and reader has pushed me toward the continuous interaction with authors and fans worldwide. It’s not always a problem for me, as I try to balance it with real world activities, but for some it’s a flat-out addiction. The Facebook Diet calls out many of the symptoms that a Facebook addict m After reading this book, what did I do? I went back onto my computer to mark that I read it and proceeded to see what I missed online when I was reading. I’m mildly addiction to my social media. Being an author and reader has pushed me toward the continuous interaction with authors and fans worldwide. It’s not always a problem for me, as I try to balance it with real world activities, but for some it’s a flat-out addiction. The Facebook Diet calls out many of the symptoms that a Facebook addict might exhibit, while doing so in a funny way. I found the illustrations to cause more laughter than the accompanying text, but pictures are known for saying “1000 words” while a funny sentence on the next page only says so much. I wasn’t expecting much more than the author to poke fun as how addicting the social media site is, but for me, reading it in one sitting was a little bit of an overload. There was simply a bit more in there than I would have liked. The point was made, and the “funny” began to get old. I know if I had read it a few bits at a time, the comedic factor would have lasted longer. So it’s all in how you read it, I’d say. Getting to the end changed things up enough though. It eventually switched to activities to do INSTEAD of being on Facebook. It kept its comedic edge, which was great. There are also a few websites mentions in the book’s suggestions. They’re new to me, so I’ll have to look them up, but the titles seem to be sites that want to “help” the social media addicted. As this book is labeled a funny gift book, I have to come to the bottom line that that is what the reader gets. It would make a great, hilarious gift for many people to give to their Facebook addicted friends.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

    A woman pushes her chair away from the computer and holds a gun on the monitor. This is the intriguing front cover to Gemini Adams’ The Facebook Diet. If your daily routine includes hours of distraction as that little “ding” reminds you someone’s commented on a post you once possibly glanced at and virtually “liked” in a passing flight of fancy... well, this book’s for you. There’s an intriguing mix of zany cartoons, faintly tragi-comic allusions to regular e-life, and occasional gems of wisdom, A woman pushes her chair away from the computer and holds a gun on the monitor. This is the intriguing front cover to Gemini Adams’ The Facebook Diet. If your daily routine includes hours of distraction as that little “ding” reminds you someone’s commented on a post you once possibly glanced at and virtually “liked” in a passing flight of fancy... well, this book’s for you. There’s an intriguing mix of zany cartoons, faintly tragi-comic allusions to regular e-life, and occasional gems of wisdom, all packaged into 50 cartoons plus a nice Detox section, and a pleasingly wise and simple introduction. Yes, social networking has its plus side. It offers many opportunities (such as the chance to review a book called the Facebook Diet). But, like so many other things, it also has its temptations to excess. “You know you’re a Facebook Addict when...” says the introduction. And how many of us will identify with the next image, headed, “You open your account just to check for messages but find you’re still sitting there five hours later.” Meanwhile the mailman brings real mail, and the newspaper’s unread—it rather looks like the dog’s unfed as well. Status updates about Indian takeaway, so many groups the numbers are falling off the screen, party invitations scrawled on walls... there’s something for every Facebook aficionado to recognize here. But are we really addicts? The detox recommendations range from the ridiculous to the wholly wise, a mix that hopefully might raise some smiles and keep of few of us from going too far. Meanwhile, if you “like” the Facebook addict in your house, this just might be a present that he or she will really, or virtually “like” for Christmas as well. Disclosure: I was offered a free copy to read and review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    (This review can be found on my blog The (Mis)Adventures of a Twenty-Something Year Old Girl at the beginning of December). When I was asked if I would review this book, I said yes without even thinking about. This book has been on my to be read shelf for awhile, and while it wasn't laugh out loud funny all the time, it was still laugh worthy. The cover shows that this is going to be a humorous book with funny illustrations. I, personally, like the cover, and it drew me in. There is one sign that y (This review can be found on my blog The (Mis)Adventures of a Twenty-Something Year Old Girl at the beginning of December). When I was asked if I would review this book, I said yes without even thinking about. This book has been on my to be read shelf for awhile, and while it wasn't laugh out loud funny all the time, it was still laugh worthy. The cover shows that this is going to be a humorous book with funny illustrations. I, personally, like the cover, and it drew me in. There is one sign that you're a Facebook addict on each page as well as a full page illustration on the other to go with the sign. Some of these are funny while others are mildly amusing. Some signs used in the book include "you've already created a page for your unborn child," your partner angrily claims they've become a Facebook widow," and "you've had a face-off with Facebook." There's also suggestions to detox from Facebook such as "get sent to jail," "join Google+ instead," and "fall in love." I enjoyed the illustrations the most if I'm honest. Gemini Adams, not only wrote the book, but also illustrated it. While most of them are cutesy, there area few which are kinda crude. Mostly, they only show women's breasts. There's no illustrations of crotches so worry not. I believe this book would be a perfect stocking stuffer or gag gift for someone who is on Facebook a lot. I'm thinking of getting this book for my dad who is obsessed with how many friends he has and how many likes he gets. (I received a free paperback copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review).

  13. 4 out of 5

    Danni Foley

    As a self proclaimed internet addict, I find myself perusing Facebook a lot more than any sane person should, therefore I figured I would be able to relate to this book a lot. I thought there would be silly little insights about the things everybody does on Facebook and specifically Facebook. I thought I would laugh at things I do myself, or have seen other people do. I was disappointed. This book felt like it was written by someone who has just a vague knowledge of Facebook, and very little kno As a self proclaimed internet addict, I find myself perusing Facebook a lot more than any sane person should, therefore I figured I would be able to relate to this book a lot. I thought there would be silly little insights about the things everybody does on Facebook and specifically Facebook. I thought I would laugh at things I do myself, or have seen other people do. I was disappointed. This book felt like it was written by someone who has just a vague knowledge of Facebook, and very little knowledge about any other social networking website or application available. Many of these "signs" of Facebook addiction really just apply to internet addiction, or are just exaggerated experiences of all your annoying relatives who use the site. Then after all the subpar Facebook comics, they have the "diet" portion of the book, which was just laughable. The author gives a list of things to do instead of going on Facebook, only one of which was at all reasonable. Adams also plugs two other websites in this list which just felt like pathetic producrt placement. I think one of the problem's I'm experiencing is that this book really wasn't aimed at my demographic. I feel this book would have earned more respect in the hands of someone a generation or two ahead of me.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Alain Burrese

    “The Facebook Diet: 50 Funny Signs Of Facebook Addiction And Ways To Unplug With A Digital Detox” by Gemini Adams is a fun novelty book that will make the perfect gift for the Facebook addict in your life. It is a small book, which after the introduction, contains 50 funny pictures with signs if you might be a Facebook addict. Signs such as: “Instead of meeting a friend for coffee, you start a Facebook chat online,” and “You post minute-by-minute status updates: 'showering.' 'Eating Indian.' 'Tir “The Facebook Diet: 50 Funny Signs Of Facebook Addiction And Ways To Unplug With A Digital Detox” by Gemini Adams is a fun novelty book that will make the perfect gift for the Facebook addict in your life. It is a small book, which after the introduction, contains 50 funny pictures with signs if you might be a Facebook addict. Signs such as: “Instead of meeting a friend for coffee, you start a Facebook chat online,” and “You post minute-by-minute status updates: 'showering.' 'Eating Indian.' 'Tired.' 'Indian food has given me the runs!'” A few are adult oriented, all are funny because you recognize these traits in people you know, and Facebook posts you've seen. The last part of the book contains the “Facebook Diet.” These are tips and suggestions to help you get away from the screen and back into life. Things like, “Try sitting down with your family to give them an in-person status update about your day!” This is a quick, light read that is funny, contains good artwork, and actually addresses a real problem. The suggestions at the back would be good for anyone spending too much time on Facebook to think about. Recommended as the perfect gift for any Facebook addict you might know.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Silvana

    Awesome gift book. Every FB obsessed user must has this book, just to see how it look when seat in front of computer and just like some freak stare in computer. Hilarious! The Facebook Diet is 50 great messages and illustrations which complete the question: “You know you’re a Facebook addict when…” and suggests how to detox the addiction with this Facebook diet. When I read these extraordinary 50 humorous messages I though it’s true and I remember one of my students sad that she just need to open Awesome gift book. Every FB obsessed user must has this book, just to see how it look when seat in front of computer and just like some freak stare in computer. Hilarious! The Facebook Diet is 50 great messages and illustrations which complete the question: “You know you’re a Facebook addict when…” and suggests how to detox the addiction with this Facebook diet. When I read these extraordinary 50 humorous messages I though it’s true and I remember one of my students sad that she just need to open FB home page and do nothing just stare. I said to her that is obsession and must force herself not to do that anymore. FB obsession is true and we all know that and everywhere we read and discussed about that, but The Facebook Diet is one remarkable book, which will brighten you and make you giggle. Illustrations are funny and interesting in compliance with the messages and supplemented them. I laughed at this: “Your mom doesn’t shout “Dinners ready” in the direction of your bedroom anymore, she posts it as a comment on your wall.”

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I "LIKE" this book better than cute puppy pictures "The Facebook Diet" is a cute, too-often-true look at this world of dedicated Facebook users (which includes me). I'm not a total addict (maybe I'm in denial) but so many of the things rang true in this gift book - about myself or friends or family. The illustrations and text by Gemini Adams are well done and humorous. I got a big laugh out of them. The first part of the book is an introduction explaining why the book was written. Then comes the fif I "LIKE" this book better than cute puppy pictures "The Facebook Diet" is a cute, too-often-true look at this world of dedicated Facebook users (which includes me). I'm not a total addict (maybe I'm in denial) but so many of the things rang true in this gift book - about myself or friends or family. The illustrations and text by Gemini Adams are well done and humorous. I got a big laugh out of them. The first part of the book is an introduction explaining why the book was written. Then comes the fifty cartoons on one page with the captions on the facing page. At the end of the book are suggestions on how to unplug and detox. Very clever and a great stocking stuffer idea for those Facebook addicts that you know and love. NOTE: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Turk

    The Facebook Diet is a hysterical read! I have friends in all phases of Facebook addiction and I can definitely find myself in the categories of users. It's such a true testament to where our focus is globally . . . in the computer, on a smart phone & clutching a hand held device. I travel internationally for work and no matter what country I'm in, on every flight there's a passenger sitting next to me on Facebook. It's fascinating and I feel confident in saying we all could use The Facebook The Facebook Diet is a hysterical read! I have friends in all phases of Facebook addiction and I can definitely find myself in the categories of users. It's such a true testament to where our focus is globally . . . in the computer, on a smart phone & clutching a hand held device. I travel internationally for work and no matter what country I'm in, on every flight there's a passenger sitting next to me on Facebook. It's fascinating and I feel confident in saying we all could use The Facebook Diet! I was really impressed with the illustrations, they're so well drawn and really funny. This is such a fun read and perfect as a gift for your friends, family and co-workers who you know are all addicted to Facebook. Buy it today, you won't be disappointed!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ciara

    I brought down my star rating from 5 to 1 because upon reading this book again there was a picture that was just too explicate and other pictures in it that were not as bad but still bad at the same time. I feel it was really unnecessary to use these pictures and I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. In fact I thrown it in the bin. Had I known prior to buying this book about the pictures that were in it I definitely would not have bought it. I just thought it was a funny book about Facebook I brought down my star rating from 5 to 1 because upon reading this book again there was a picture that was just too explicate and other pictures in it that were not as bad but still bad at the same time. I feel it was really unnecessary to use these pictures and I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. In fact I thrown it in the bin. Had I known prior to buying this book about the pictures that were in it I definitely would not have bought it. I just thought it was a funny book about Facebook addiction. I started and finished it today and would not recommend this to anyone.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Joannah Keats

    Very cute, humorous take on the all too well-known Facebook Addiction. The cartoons are particularly amusing, and he suggestions for ways to overcome it are both cute and largely practical. Thankfully, as someone who has mostly unplugged from Facebook, this book wasn't really applicable to me, but I absolutely enjoyed my sense of superiority and amusement thinking about all the people I know whom these quips absolutely apply to.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mary Weber

    You know how the saying goes....if it ain't broke, don't fix it! Yes, all of the cartoons begin "You know you're addicted to Facebook if..." but that is the second layer that makes it funny - if you get the Jeff Foxworthy nod. This book was entertaining and would make a great gift to someone for a light-hearted read. I provided this honest review and was able to read this book in exchange for this review prior to it becoming available to the public.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Cute and kind of funny... I saw this and had to get it because, I myself am a Facebook addict....and I freely admit it! This book contained a lot of truth with a little bit of humor. It's a cute read and perfect bathroom or coffee table material! Or...a gag gift!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sonny Miller

    This is a hilarious book for anyone that uses Facebook. Most of the addictions have an undertone of Jeff Foxworthy's "You might be a Redneck if....." but instead its "You might be a Facebook Addict if...". Overall, it was very funny and easy to read. Highly recommended.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amanda [Novel Addiction]

    This was pretty funny - though more than a little worrisome since I may have at least one of these traits, and I know a lot of people that embody the rest!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    probably would have gotten a 5 if i wasn't such a prude on some of the drawings.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Knight

    Hilarious and right on point!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Racella

    Enjoyed reading this! Hilarious!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alexander Chychykalo

    Short and funny. After reading this book I've made one New Year resolution to go to FB diet)

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dennis Littrell

    I think we’ll need “The Facebook Boot Camp” It sure is nice to read a book in ten minutes. I looked at all the pictures too. Cute. Some funny shtick. No page numbers. Maximum words per page: about 30. I liked the cartoons, most of them anyway. For example the one with the woman in bed with a repetitive strain injury and her wrist in a kind of cast but with her legs sticking out from under the covers and her big toe on a laptop at the foot of her bed… Or this line: “Still single, you stalk your ex- I think we’ll need “The Facebook Boot Camp” It sure is nice to read a book in ten minutes. I looked at all the pictures too. Cute. Some funny shtick. No page numbers. Maximum words per page: about 30. I liked the cartoons, most of them anyway. For example the one with the woman in bed with a repetitive strain injury and her wrist in a kind of cast but with her legs sticking out from under the covers and her big toe on a laptop at the foot of her bed… Or this line: “Still single, you stalk your ex-lovers to find out if they’re married, separated, divorced, or if they’ve become a pansexual with a foot fetish.” I imagine that you get the picture: cartoonist Gemini Adams (nice Sixties first name) having cute, harmless fun with Facebook devotees—or let’s face the facts: addicts. —Okay we’re at a Facebook Anonymous meeting. The on-camera reporter whispers as he looks into the camera. “This is really scary stuff. Marriages destroyed, children held back in school, lives ruined… Wait! Here’s one now about to speak.” The camera shows Sally Social standing up and admitting that she is powerless against the addictive lure of Facebook and that only a Higher Power can save her. Heads nod solemnly. Cut to Mark Zuckerberg in a gray T-shirt standing outside the meeting room. Reporter: aren’t you worried about this? I mean, won’t people cut back on their Facebook usage?” Zuckerberg laughs. Grins broadly. “No,” he says. Smiles confidently. Cut back to the meeting room. Sally is still standing and now she says she has made the decision to turn her life over to a Higher Power. Speaking very carefully and trembling she announces “I am turning my life over to…Mark Zuckerberg!” Cut back to outside the meeting room where we catch a shot of a smiling Mark Zuckerberg as he walks off with little devil’s horns coming out of the sides of his head. (Uh, this teleplay is not in the book.) A digital detox diet is recommended near the end of the book, but of course impossible to follow. Maybe there should be a Betty Ford clinic for Facebook addicts or a seriously in your face Facebook Boot Camp. Or, what the heck, undergo a massive makeover and go back to high school. Bottom line here: this book makes a cute gift for that very special someone you haven’t seen in person in months. —Dennis Littrell, author of “The World Is Not as We Think It Is”

  29. 4 out of 5

    Christopher

    I was one of a number of Amazon reviewers offered a review copy of The Facebook Diet, billed as a hilarious look at Facebook addiction by author and illustrator Gemini Adams. But not only is the book worth the price stamped on the back, but this free review copy makes me feel ashamed somehow: you cannot even give this rubbish away. After a brief text-only introduction on how Facebook has changed our lives, the bulk of the book consists of a series of illustrated panels on the theme “You know you I was one of a number of Amazon reviewers offered a review copy of The Facebook Diet, billed as a hilarious look at Facebook addiction by author and illustrator Gemini Adams. But not only is the book worth the price stamped on the back, but this free review copy makes me feel ashamed somehow: you cannot even give this rubbish away. After a brief text-only introduction on how Facebook has changed our lives, the bulk of the book consists of a series of illustrated panels on the theme “You know you are a Facebook addict when...”. The left-handed pages contain some illustration, while the right-handed pages have a simple caption. It appears that the author and publisher intended these to be funny, but there are absolutely no laughs in store. They are usually utterly commonplace observations, such as the caption “You art-direct when someone's taking your photo so it's perfect for your next profile photo” next to a picture of a woman adjusting a lamp while someone tries to take her picture. When the pictures aren't dry or lame, they are crass: there are two illustrations with nudity and at least one instance of outright toilet humour (literally, someone is standing next to a commode with stink lines rising from it). After this series of captioned images, there is then a series of recommendations on how to “detox” from Facebook. These are mostly silly (“Fall in love”, “Train to be a private detective so you can legally stalk people -- for real”), but some of them recommend you sign up for other websites that I've never heard of. Whether the author has a business interest in these websites isn't clear, but it leaves the reader feeling that something is amiss. As the book is released not long before the holidays, some of the publicity I received along with the review copy claimed this would be a welcome stocking-stuffer. Personally, I'd rather get the boringest pair of socks.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Eustacia Tan

    I've never been very attached to Facebook. I first got it because I wanted photos of my ROCs 3 trip. But now, it's mostly how my family knows I'm alive (because I'm posting photos), and how I wish people Happy Birthday. I do admit though, that there was a time, just after I got my smart phone, when I checked facebook many times a day. Not all the time, but whenever I was bored. And I imagine that if you take that me, and multiply it by a hundred, you'll have the target audience of The Facebook Die I've never been very attached to Facebook. I first got it because I wanted photos of my ROCs 3 trip. But now, it's mostly how my family knows I'm alive (because I'm posting photos), and how I wish people Happy Birthday. I do admit though, that there was a time, just after I got my smart phone, when I checked facebook many times a day. Not all the time, but whenever I was bored. And I imagine that if you take that me, and multiply it by a hundred, you'll have the target audience of The Facebook Diet. Simply put, this roughly hundred page book is a list (with one picture per 'sympton') of Facebook addiction. I shared the book with a friend (we were sitting together, I had my iPad, you know how these things start), and she, using facebook way more than me, agreed with the symptoms. Not that we/she does them. But uh, identifying with them is possible. And yes, the book is funny. Some of the humour and images are a little crude though, so I wouldn't recommend it to younger teens and kids. It seems to be targeted more at the adults who have found themselves addicted to Facebook. To me, the funniest symton was "You don't know what Google+ and Circles are". Speaking as someone who now spends more time on Google+ than Facebook, well, I laughed out loud. -insert mock serious tone- hopefully, this will raise the awareness of Google+. A funny book for those that use facebook. Disclaimer: I got this book free from NetGalley in exchange for a free and honest review. First posted at Inside the mind of a Bibliophile

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