A new book, The Happy Trip: A Happy and Safe Online Life, by two friends who are both in their late 40s, has been hailed as the first book on the topic.
In The Happy Trips: The Most Important Moments in Your Life That Changed the World, author Mark S. Cianci describes the lives of two friends living in different parts of the world.
He describes how they met, their careers, their family and their hobbies, as well as the impact of social media on their lives.
“We found that we were friends on Facebook, and then we realized that there were millions of people who knew us,” he says.
“It just blew us away.”
Cianci has written the book about his experiences and has said that it will change lives.
Ciancci says it was the first time that he has ever had a book that people in his community actually liked.
“When we started talking about it, it just exploded,” he said.
The Happy Triples are not alone in sharing stories about the impact social media has had on their own lives.
According to a study conducted by the Pew Research Center, over a third of Americans have experienced an unexpected death, including two-thirds of millennials.
But millennials also have the highest rates of anxiety, depression and suicide among the baby boomers and older generations, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Ciansi says that while many of the older generations have had their lives affected by the digital age, he believes millennials have had the most impact.
“They’re the ones who are the ones that have had that most impact, who are going through it the most,” he told Business Insider.
“They’re just more resilient, they’re more motivated.”
In The Happiness of Being a Teenager, Cianccia tells how he met his wife, a teacher and a doctor, all of whom had grown up in the 1980s.
“As a teen, I wanted to go to college, and we both were thinking, ‘Wow, we’re going to be rich in 20 years,'” he said, referencing his own childhood.
“We were talking about this really crazy dream, and I think it really turned me on to things.”
The couple started dating in college, but had an affair and a breakup, which caused him to leave the dating scene.
“The next thing I knew, I had a friend who had gone into the police department to be a detective, and he saw me on Facebook,” he recalled.
Ciani said that the stress of his wife’s affair was so much that he began working on a book.
But he said he was frustrated because he was too focused on his book, and not enough on his wife.
“I wanted to be the guy that was doing all the work,” he recalls.
Ciano was inspired to start a website that he named the Happy Tripper, and it was about the joys of being a teenager.
“I’m like, ‘I can’t be the happy kid, I’m just doing my homework, I don’t want to go out,'” he recalled, adding that he would look up information about things like how to get laid online.
In the years since, Ciani has been a father to a toddler, a teenage son, a dog and a cat, and has spent countless hours online.
“My life has been totally consumed with things that I’m proud of,” he explained.
But he is also passionate about the book, which has been the focus of much criticism.
“People say that I wrote this book to be able to sit in front of a computer and write a book about my life,” he quipped.
Ciani says he has received criticism for being overly dramatic, like his account of his relationship with his wife was.
“You know, I never thought I’d be writing this book, but I’m like that’s what you do,” he laughed.