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

  1. S Davis says:

    Yelp has wrongfully terminated employees AND closed local businesses. Monster created a platform for fraudulent employers to contact their users. Serial killers find victims using Craigslist. Hold up, my Nigerian prince just poked me…. I'm rich in 8 to 10 business days! Facebook is awesome.

  2. S Davis says:

    How many likes does it take to get to the center of the truth on Facebook? The majority.

  3. S Davis says:

    If I tweet, the sun will rise tomorrow. The educated is obligated to reply, the sun doesn't rise. If I tweet, Twitter just deleted my last comment. The educated is obligated to reply, that's censorship of the internet.

  4. I have certainly fallen out of Facebook, if not the social media, entirely.

    One of the first reasons is, people use Facebook to display their status: I am so and so, I have a wife/husband or a girl/boy friend, I have children, I have a career, I have a house, I travel here and there, and so on and so forth: each one has become a self-marketing app updating themselves in public constantly … And there are those that cannot get enough of themselves: they post their face everyday like they metamorphose from one species to another on a daily basis: it is the same nonsensical face, take a break.

    The same is extended in the spiritual realm when people post endlessly of a teacher and expect others to give, again, endless attention. I have taken to books and the rightful company to share the relevant as and when necessary …

    I lost interest going up there unless there are multiple narratives from various folks to share on a controversial topic. If I get to learn, why not? Otherwise no. And I noticed how I cannot afford to be politically incorrect or have opinions/interests different from the folks I know. This constant insistence to appeal to others without having to be oneself is another reason why I quit Facebook.

    PS. Not to forget, most creepy guys show up in digital media because they like to play around with impunity.

  5. Major PRO says:

    Does YouTube count like social media?

  6. It is amazing how often some people post stuff on Instagram. You can tell those people need help.

  7. Major PRO says:

    I’m 14 years old and I don’t know what to do if I quit social media? What can I do instead?

  8. Squidey101 says:

    Oh yeah instant communication, entertainment and knowledge is such a terrible thing can't we go back to training pigeons to deliver mail

  9. love you guy !!!! really great points that he has put forth

  10. Pablo Henin says:

    I quit social media because of this video! Thank you!

  11. s499941 says:

    really interesting points made

  12. Izaneo says:

    Lol anyone ever try to delete an Instagram account? You can’t on the app and it takes ages and 4 screens before you can on the website

  13. Ahmad Khairy says:

    guys who really quit social media i need some help here
    first , how do you keep up with the world ?
    getting magazines is quite difficult in my area and the newspaper only provides us with local info witch actually what government wants .
    for years facebook and instagram was the window i looked at the outer world from . and somehow it changed the way i see the reality .
    and for years social media was my way to escape the reality im living in cuz i almost hate everything around me . and i already have many friends around the world and i really want to quit social media , so how can i contact those friends or i should just ignore them ?
    plus my father works abroad and i always chat with him on messenger or viber . so how can i deal with this ???

  14. mark hill says:

    I absolutely hate Facebook i only deleted my account a few days ago was making my mental health worse, i still have twitter as that is no where near as bad as Facebook

  15. Eeeh?! says:

    clearly you guys can't filter out your own friend in FB and sharing too much of your private life, don't play anykind of forum in internet if you couldn't control yourself on sharing everything

  16. Kashif Nawaz says:

    Leaving Social Media is hard but not impossible.

  17. Using social media to talk about quieting social media.

  18. SHARIF DAILY says:

    I personally agree one hundred percent sure social media is A harmful

  19. social media is anti-social ; it cuts you off from normal interaction with humans; it is turning people into narcissistic apes (look at me and watch what a fantastic life I am having); but above all, it is stealing one of the most valuable things in life: time.

  20. TWODOLLASTV says:

    everyone in here said they quit social media yet yall on a social media video platform congrats all yall failed 😂

  21. Go ahead and please create the image of your super amazing live on Facebook, spend countless hours competing with each other over likes and cool statuses…I will focus on developing real me and I will have much less competition in what real matters while you're busy chasing digital unicorns 🙂

  22. Eva MZ says:

    Deleted my Facebook in 2010 at the age of 21, I had it for approximately a year and a half.
    Ive been using YouTube for afew years now but I activity limit the time bc you can easily get carried away. I’ve heard about Snapchat, and many other media’s. Don’t care.. YouTube takes up the time I can afford to waste( should be none!)
    I hate going out to eat with people bc they are constantly staring at their phones and I’m just sitting there feeling invisible to my “company”… pretty freaking sad.

  23. jho ana says:

    I don’t open my facebook account which has hundreds of “ friends”. But I have another account which I only have my immediate family on the friends list- thats it, maybe 10 people. I live far from them so I use fb to get connected to my family. I don’t have Instagram or twitter. But I think im getting addicted to Youtube 😂

  24. What is defined as social media and where do you draw the line ?

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