Quit social media | Dr. Cal Newport | TEDxTysons

‘Deep work’ will make you better at what you do. You will achieve more in less time. And feel the sense of true fulfillment that comes from the mastery of a skill.

Cal Newport is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University. In addition to studying the theoretical foundations of our digital age, Newport also writes about the impact of these technologies on the world of work. His most recent book, Deep Work, argues that focus is the new I.Q. in the modern workplace and that the ability to concentrate without distraction is becoming increasingly valuable. He previously wrote So Good They Can’t Ignore You, a book which debunks the long-held belief that “follow your passion” is good advice, and three popular books of unconventional advice for students.

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45 thoughts on “Quit social media | Dr. Cal Newport | TEDxTysons

  1. I very much agree but am having trouble adjusting two things that I'm not sure how to get without social media. #1 up to date news info and #2 current and upcoming local events. If I could find reliable replacements for those two things I would consider giving up my social media accounts.

  2. But you really have to be on SM, looking for a job, people check your social media, it looks weird if you aren't on FB and Twitter, they DO check your followers and posts/friends, like it or not it's the truth…there are certain people you know that you can't stay in touch with without SM, it IS fundamental, you don't have to USE it but you do have to BE ON it.

  3. Another side effect is the uptick in the use of Adderall. I'm in my 50's but work with mostly 18-25 year olds. Most of these kids have a prescription; I've never believed they all NEED it. The analogy of the slot machine seems to describe it well. I shake my head in disbelief when I hear the majority of gifts for a 10-13 year old's birthday is a smartphone.

  4. Would love to see some Spanish subtitles on this video, to be able to present this to some Spanish-speaking colleagues. If you opened the option to add subtitles, I would be happy to subtitle it myself.

  5. I learned a lot through social media which isn’t entertainment but has been a town hall, much like these Ted Talks. Diminishing them to a entertainment diminishes this very argument. It’s paradoxical.

    Being a Luddite is Romanticism.

    Being without tech has never reduced crime, talking has, social media has shrunken the world in irreversible ways. It’s been a boon for understanding. The conceit is believing corporations can pull strings even though corporations routinely go out of business and become irrelevant themselves. Hence a whole lot of mergers.

    Sorry bud, no sale. I need to connect with people as fast as possible.

    Edit: Sitting in the dark looks nice and even has the illusion of merit, I’ve been without means to connect when I was young and it was very dull. Imagine being handicapped… (I wasn’t but the bed ridden, etc..

  6. in response to learning a specific skill I agree however don't discount that countless people have spent large portions of their lives learning specific skills only to be looked over for more suitable candidates with a better social media presence, more attractiveness or more (insert intangible construct here). It's not as easy as "learn specific skill = someone discovers you in a timely manner to help you foster the life you want."

  7. √=hi, i have no doubts about wanting to delete. and i did archive already. but before i take the final step,, i am not 100% sure about me BEING ABLE TO STILL LOG IN AND ACCESS THE ARCHIVE, AS I NEED TO USE MY PASSWORD WHEN I LOG INTO MY ARCHIVE?? just a bit unsure but i don't want to delete my acct then no longer be able to use password. i can't find this info anywhere, and have been delayed in deleting. thanks so much

  8. is youtube social media???? I don't think its social media I think its us humans. As a species overall we lack depth about awareness and emotional depth, so machines and technology end up using us instead of us using them. If you are someone with a purpose in life, social media can be used as one of your tools to pull out information. Maybe I should put this in twitter, but i hear him though

  9. LOLL he is willing to accept constructive criticisms on twitter but he doesn't even use twitter. That was a great persuasive speech! I am trying to get off social media because it has affected how I view other people.

  10. Let’s start an online group against social media, it wastes and controls our minds, making us sheepol. Join my group and give me a like if you agree! 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 joking aside, social media is a way the powers that be numb your mind to reality, wake up

  11. I deleted my Facebook account a month ago. The awesome part is that I do not miss it and I do not feel like I am not catching up with the world. For educational purposes and music, YouTube is great. For family and friends living abroad there is Whatsapp.The good part is that these do not cause any addiction. Life is good without Facebook! Good luck to everyone 💌

  12. Being in high school, I must say social media is the bane of most people's existence and it creates a hierarchy of popularity. I once quit Snapchat and my friends told me that they don't care that I don't use Snapchat, they were not willing to text about plans instead. I felt that I was being an inconvenience to them and also not getting invited to social gatherings with friends. I want to get rid of social media but from my experience those who do, myself included become ostracized for their resistance to social media.

  13. I understand what Dr. Cal Newport is saying here. Social media does distract some people from their goals. It could easily take a few hours off your day. If your making money by selling on social media platforms or getting paid to manage a social media account/page/channel then it's different. I stay up with social media because that's one of my business' services. I always suggest people who love to be on social media to start their own website and grow as much as they can so they could make money from it in the future. You could still chat with people who comment on your website's posts so it's a win win!

  14. I haven't really used Facebook or Twitter for years and it's been awesome! Pinterest use has also decreased dramatically. Instagram is the hardest one for me that I need to let go of, but I know I need to in time but I find it so useful and fun! Argh! Anyway, this was interesting but I would rather hear from someone who actually quit social media than a person who never used it and doesn't truly understand why people use it so often. Still, very thought provoking

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