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Another great read from Matt Haig
7 August 2018
I really enjoy Matt Haig’s books and looked forward to reading Notes On A Nervous Planet. A kind of follow on from Reasons to Stay Alive, it looks at how to stay sane in an ever increasingly crazy, technological world. How our addiction to modern technology is making us anxious and affecting the quality of life we lead. There is a lot I agree with in this book, we spend too much time on computers and mobile phones (slightly ironic since I am writing this review), spend too much money on ‘stuff’ we don’t really need, spend too much time on social media, compare ourselves to others (enhanced digital retouched photos) which is totally unrealistic, spend too much time at work, we chase bigger and better goals, the latest holiday, a new car, a bigger house but for what? We are being propelled towards being a species of stressed and anxious humans but why? We are losing what it means to be human.
Matt looks at everyday life, spending too much time on our phones, binge watching box sets on Netflix. His book is a thought-provoking insight into life in 2018. He is not anti-technology but looks at the ways in which it is harming us as a species and how we need, collectively to look at how we need to address this and change our behaviours.
I like how Matt writes, he is honest in his approach, which is personal and informative and deals with relevant issues of the times. I hope he reads this review, and it makes him happy rather than anxious and stressed. A good read, would recommend.