Rating: 4 Out Of 5 Stars
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this
advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.
When I read the description of what this book was about I was intrigued by the subject matter and the timetable the book covers.
In the early 1980's my father worked for AT&T and I remember him telling my sisters and I that in the near future you'd be able to to see the person you are talking to on the phone on a screen! It was such an exciting concept to me and as a middle-schooler I was hoping this technology would hurry up already! (It wasn't fast enough for me!)
Phillip Maciak does a great job of covering all the bases of what screen time was way back when and the meaning of screen time in present day. The memories of what it was like to have to sit in front of a screen at the exact time a program was being broadcast to VCR's, DVR's present day streaming services and everything thereafter; the internet, personal computers, tablets, smartphones and apps
I sometimes felt really nostalgic reading this book, remembering simpler days. Maciak adds his personal touch to the book with stories of his family and screen time experiences. When you think about it technology really has come a long way in quite a short time. This book presented a coherent timeline of various forms of screen time and gave information and research I hadn't thought about.
If you're interested in the advances in technology over the past 30+ years and how it has changed how we communicate and entertain ourselves you will find this book interesting.