Book Review: Alone Together : Why Your Kids Are Watching Others Play by R. K. Holliday

I received a physical copy from the author to read for free in exchange for my honest review. Thank you for giving me access.

Title: Alone Together: Why Your Kids Are Watching Others Play
Author: R. K. Holliday
Published by: Independently Published
Publication date: March 22, 2019
Genres: Parent, Child/Adult Relationships, Informative


Are your kids always on YouTube or Twitch?In the midst of social media, toxic news, and insanely complicated research, many parents get lost. Feeling pressure to know “what” their kids are seeing on the internet and understanding “why” they’re clamoring for more, it’s easy to lose sight of how we got here and why our kids are into this strange, new trend.In this easy to understand book, R.K. Holliday offers parents much more than a to-do list. Instead, he presents us with a big-picture view of a child’s life way back when, in his day, and now. Outlining reasons centered on no-agenda, normal observations, he shows that we need to understand what’s behind the screen to understand what’s making our kids tick. We need to put ourselves in our kids’ shoes with little grace and understanding.Freed from the burden of trying to understand complex studies that simply don’t apply to everyday kids, we can embrace a good perspective of video games and streaming that will enrich your understanding of why children can’t get enough of YouTube and Twitch streaming.


I will firstly admit, this was not at all what I was expecting. Was it bad? Not in the slightest. But it was definitely informative and opened my eyes more to my childhood upbringing and how it differed from that of my parents.

Holliday takes us through three generations of upbringings: Way Back When, In My Day, and Now. He definitely brings our attention to the reasonings behind the fascination of why kids today watch other people play games.

After reading this, and listening to my kids watch Parker Plays/Player Select on the TV, it now makes sense as to why they find it more interesting than I do. I mean, if I had access to watching gamers at their age, I would be obsessed too.

This was very different from my usual fantasy or thriller books, but I really did enjoy it. It is a super short read and I definitely suggest giving it a gander, especially if you too question why kids are obsessed with watching others play games.


Rating: 3 out of 5.

Don’t let my 3 star rating fool you, I did enjoy this read. As I said, this is not a typical read for me. For those that enjoy more of a non-fiction/education/informative read, this is perfect for you! Even if not, I would still highly suggest it just for the information that is given.

What do you think about Alone Together? Are you going to give it a read? Let’s talk about it in the comments!

All my love, always



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