Book Review: ‘The Asocial Networking’

‘The Asocial Networking’ that runs into one hundred and fifty chapters provides us the author Dhiraj Kumar’s musings on the real and online worlds. The book is probably the first of its kind that tells a lot of things about socializing on the web – the do’s and dont’s, the art of masking, growing more vulnerable. 
The book begins with changing scenario of online networking; the first chapter being ‘Once upon a time humans lived offline, then networking came along and nobody lived happily thereafter’. Now what was that! The title of the chapter or the summary itself? And anyway who wants to know that the author has “blocked the updates of all my so-called friends who shout from rooftops about small achievements.” I am sure many would have unfriended him after going through his book.
Another glaring defect in this book is that it has too much of emphasis on Facebook. One might be left wondering – when talking about social networking why is it that various other social media are not discussed at length? 
 One aspect of the book that will strike you as a reader is novelty of the subject. The book has a certain innocence about it.
Nobody might have expected a serious indepth psychological analysis of using Facebook. The language of the book is simple and straight forward.
There’s one suggestion for the publisher as well. Instead of placing the page numbers in the inside corner of the page, they should be placed on the outside corners or at the bottom of the page in the centre or outside corners. The binding of the book makes them a bit less noticeable the way the layout is in this book. 
The chapters are short and crispy. Neither of them is too long. But then they are not interesting either. Who would like to know what messages were sent out by the Professor to his students? Or what would happen if egotists or snobbish people join Facebook? 
On the positive side, the book pours out before us the imaginative and psychological working of the Facebook users. It enlists in its own unique way the do’s and dont’s of using Facebook, while enumerating its pros and cons side by side. I loved the sheer simplicity of the book and the way writer goes on to unfold with much ease, the activities users indulge in on Facebook. The book might be helpful for Facebook addicts, who rely on the counts of ‘likes’ for their photographs and statuses as food for their soul. You never know the book might cure a Facebook addict of his insane ‘obssession’ with ‘likes’. Amen!
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