While I was concerned this book would be a dry and heavy read - even a doomsayer type book - I was pleasantly surprised.
Massias explores the effect social media is having on our lives, the good and the bad, and overall aims to create awareness.
He makes it clear time and time again that by no means is he bashing the reader over the head for how they have misused social media, but actually reiterates that he is as much in this boat as the rest of us, and that "awareness is the first step to any solution".
While I appreciated that the author made it clear he wasn't attacking anyone and that he's been guilty of the same things as the reader, I felt it was repeated a bit too much - once in full and then maybe a second very small reminder would have suffice.
I particularly enjoyed that Massias included the positives of social media and what it was initially designed for, as the vast majority of writings on social media focus only on the negatives.
Overall, The Magpie Effect was an enjoyable, eye-opening read for learning and self-help!
by Jessica Kramer