October 19, 2013
Facebook Founder’s Sister Writes Children’s Book About Technology Obsession
redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online
Ordinarily, a children’s book about a little girl who learns the importance of not wasting too much time on the Internet would not garner headlines, but when said book is written by a sibling of the founder of one of the largest social networks in the world, it does tend to get people’s attention.
Such is the case with Dot, a picture book written by Randi Zuckerberg – the older sister of Facebook co-creator, chairman and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg. The book, according to Buzzfeed writer Cate Sevilla, discusses “the dangers of wasting too much time online” and “explains the importance of spending time ‘unplugged’ and participating in actives don’t exist on an iPad.”
As Randi Zuckerberg explains in her blog, Dot (which was illustrated by Joe Berger) is the story of a little girl who is “obsessed” with technology but who ultimately learns that life is “a little bit richer when you look up from the screen.”
“A nice message, though perhaps an odd one coming from the sibling of the man who has digitally linked millions of people,” Jon M. Chang of ABC News points out, adding that things “may be a little awkward at one of the multiple Zuckerberg households this holiday season” considering that the book is scheduled to hit book stores (and, in an ironic twist, e-readers like the Amazon Kindle) on November 5.
As the Daily Mail’s Ashley Collman notes, Randi Zuckerberg served as the director of market development and spokesperson for Facebook during the social media giant’s early days, so it might seem a little odd that her new book has such a “decidedly critical take on a culture that she helped create.”
However, Chang said, she “isn't advocating disconnecting entirely.” In fact, he explains that Zuckerberg’s blog is essentially dedicated to Internet etiquette, discussing such issues as the importance of leaving “happy birthday” wishes on a Facebook fiend’s wall or discussing the protocol of uploading Instagram photos of food. Furthermore, she also has a second book – a nonfiction book for adults dedicated to addressing these types of Internet etiquette issues – which is also expected to be released on November 5.
“I was inspired to write Dot after talking with parents around the world. I found that although technology is making our lives easier and helping keep us connected, many parents are worried about how to raise their children in this new digital era,” Randi Zuckerberg said. “As I watch my two-year-old begin to discover technology, I feel certain that this is an important message to share with a younger audience.”