An Accessible, Re-assuring & Thought Provoking Read
I found this to be both re-assuring and sobering, while also quite thought provoking. Its an easy read, in terms of the short chapter sizes and the size of the book even, a relatively small hardback book. It looks perhaps a bit like a book you may find on a coffee table, or on a table in a waiting room, which isn't a bad idea come to think of it, as I imagine many people could either learn or feel more re-assured from reading just a few pages of it.
Speaking of which, I liked that it doesn't have a continuous flow as such - it is primarily about the speed of life/society/technology nowadays (mainly IT and moreso social media) and the impact of this on our everyday mental health but the book doesn't have to be purely read from start to end for random sections, say, midway through, to be understood on their own.
The speed of technology nowadays is certainly a very important issue and so its a timely read, I reckon. Its partly science and psychology related - I say this in as much as there are numerous mentions of scientific and psychology related research in to things such as the importance of sleep (of which there are books specifically about this one topic on its own) and the potential for addiction to digital devices and the like, for example. Some specific studies are mentioned, with some interesting statistics and if this is a topic (or indeed the book in general) that interests you, not necessarily due to your own mental health issues but in terms of you having an interest in the impact our culture appears to have on us as indviduals, then I reckon this is a very good sort of introductory text on the topic.
The ocassional page consists only of a heading and a quote - there are some quite poignant quotes listed, which I found somewhat moving, from people including Sylvia Plath and T.S. Eliot.
Personally, I very much enjoyed the various lists provided, as I do love a good list but this may not apply to everyone. It is quite a thought provoking book and its one you should be able to read in a day or thereabouts (I read it in 24 hours), so I reckon it makes a great text for anyone curious about the themes but who doesn't know where to start.
If I were to mention any criticisms, they'd be that it felt a little frustrating that there were some questions raised to which there aren't any clear cut answers. In a way it'd be impossible to answer questions about where we're headed, as a people, societally speaking, in the future but some things do leave you wondering and if your especially inclined then it may unsettle you I suppose. Also, on a personal level, the advice given (in the form of a list) regarding preventing breakdowns in relation to work seemed a bit too basic and I'd have liked to read perhaps a little more in the way of details about how to achieve the suggested advice.
Generally speaking I very much enjoyed it as a read and I would, overall, recommend this to others.