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The Happiness Effect: How Social Media is Driving a Generation to Appear Perfect at Any Cost Hardcover – 1 Nov 2016

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: OUP USA (30 Mar. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0190239859
  • ISBN-13: 978-0190239855
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 3.6 x 16.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 566,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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She [Freitas] limits herself to a single topic ― the effect of social media on the lives of college students ― that turns out to have myriad dimensions, each of them explored in informative, artfully crafted chapters on selfies and self-image, sex and sexting, public and private identity, and more. (The Gospel Coalition)

Ms. Freitas's detailed survey adds substance to her compelling thesis. Her interviews with 184 randomly selected, diverse students from 13 colleges - public and private, selective and less so - covered faith, parents, selfies, sexting and individual social-media histories... Some of her interviews contain real gems. One woman reported being so attached to her phone that, mugged for it on a bus, she pursued the muggers and to get it back gave them $150. (Laura Vanderkam, Wall Street Journal)

About the Author

Donna Freitas is a Research Associate at the University of Notre Dame's Center for the Study of Religion and Society. A regular contributor to Publishers Weekly, she has also written for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Christianity Today.

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