Vicious Circle

October 10, 2013 | 1 book mentioned 1

Michele Filgate was so terrified by Dave Eggers’s The Circle that she quit social media for a week and wrote about the experience for Salon. “I don’t want to become like Mae, sacrificing real-life friendships for the allure of the screen. I want to be aware of the world around me. I want to write about that world. I want to feel more alive, even if that means being lonelier in the process.” Pair with: our review of the novel.

is an associate editor for The Millions and an editor in Atlanta. She tweets at @temalone.

One comment:

  1. Here is Filgate’s epiphany: “It’s better to find a balance and not think of your life as existing in 140 characters or status updates.”

    Did she really need Dave Eggers to tell her that?

    All of these practically religious reactions to what seems to me to be the least subtle, least profound book of the year make me feel, as someone who doesn’t use much social media, that I’ve drastically, devastatingly underestimated how much it dominates other people’s lives.

    Seriously, has no one that uses social media ever considered that maybe spending five hours every day on Facebook and Twitter isn’t particularly healthy or productive?

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