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Quit social media | Dr. Cal Newport | TEDxTysons

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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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58 Kommentare

  1. james pogrebetsky sagt:

    You ever try coke?

  2. kazumi kun sagt:

    P same im naturally socially awkward and i dont talk on social media i just post stuff not hooked at all

  3. Jasiel Calixto I should go do my homework. Thanks guys! Bye.

  4. DavidKFZ – Absolutely. This political climate has brought out the absolute worst in me! I am outnumbered ridiculously (family mostly) so I find myself constantly defending my position. I abhor injustice and racism and I just can’t Not Care. It really frustrates me that I can’t get people to see what I see. Alas, not worth fracturing the family over so I’m going to deactivate FB. It was a real eye-opener though. I will never see some people the same.

  5. WittyNatty sagt:

    Priya Nathan Me too

  6. Paul The Producer sagt:

    Ikr? Instead of helping his friend, he says his better than them.. must be an anti social 5th grader.

  7. Golisani Mammoth you sound like a narcissist. Not a criticism. You really do.

  8. james fairburn @@

  9. Colin Bruin sagt:

    Absolutely agree. But I think throwing all you social media away for a couple of months is good for most people. Learn how live life without social media and grow your skills in specific areas of interest. Musk used social media AFTER he was already successful and developed excellent skills. Most kids aren’t doing that

  10. Eva Danese sagt:

    there are programmes and applications that block certain web pages. You can decide the number of hours a day you want that page to be blocked. I think it’s a good solution if you want to start to quit gradually or not completely. Without this solution it would be difficoult for me to focus on the book I’m trying to write.

  11. Eva Danese sagt:

    People don’t hate you 🙂 sometimes, they just don’t undestand or they are distracted. Try to use applications that block web pages for a certain amount of hours a day. 😉

  12. Mila Vall sagt:

    MrAussieJules thanks for the idea will do that

  13. Christian Hunter sagt:

    cyc7lops in (what may be a very tiny font, you should see „read more“. Click that. If not, try clicking the share button (the white right-pointing arrow icon) copy the link address, and open in a browser window. Best of luck.

  14. james fairburn why can’t I see your full post? it’s cut off at „that’s a very interesting site.“ Other people seem to have been able to read the full post. Is there a setting in YouTube I need to change?

  15. Ross Dsilva sagt:

    Been 3 years off Facebook,Snapchat, Instagram,Twitter! Best decision ever !

  16. Seth Fliss sagt:

    Guru IsOnline / it doesn’t count in my book. I use YT for educational purposes and I can turn it off.

  17. Nora Sharp sagt:

    FocusMrbjarke HOTT!

  18. Kyla Jones sagt:

    Same :‘< but none of my friends understand me. When i start saying that it makes me anxious, they look at me as if i'm some kind of alien or something. I just want to quit it to stop worrying over nothing. But.. I'm also worrying about how my family will react or my friends when i quit it. I'm pretty sure, i'll get negative reactions from my friends, and i just want to not care. Facebook always makes me feel so frustrated.

  19. FocusMrbjarke sagt:

    Nora Sharp e = mc2

  20. FocusMrbjarke sagt:

    Akhil Sharma rude

  21. SuperJ1109 good idea

  22. SuperJ1109 sagt:

    Elizabeth Tran i’m going to simplify what you wrote with some advise a friend once gave me: Just pretend that you are confident and then people will believe you are and then eventually you forget that you were just pretending and actually become confident

  23. Jasiel Calixto sagt:

    ok. Thanks for the advice. Time to do something more productive.

  24. rico ricardo sagt:

    nice

  25. Systremor sagt:

    rico ricardo Well, you’re right… But as time goes, it becomes less and less important, down to the moment you don’t care about it anymore. That’s why I shut down my Instagram profile, and have never regret. 🙂

  26. What if one has no friends…. 🙁

  27. II Ruby II sagt:

    you’re gonna be rich

  28. Bananarista 1.0 sagt:

    +Golisani Mammoth You’re the cool guy in the class. You will have the best life of ‚em all after school. It’s not a good sign to have the best social life during school. Most popular kids have really bitter lives afterwards.

  29. thank you for another perspective . nice analogy with the tool/hammer !

  30. Amanda Wycoff sagt:

    Petr Maček agree 100%

  31. Petr Maček sagt:

    Ok, I respect your belief and your choices. 🙂

  32. It is designed to be addictive. this is the law of business. Just because you have the capacity to use it in that way does not mean that is not the way it was designed. Why do most fast food chains use red and yellow in their logos? because it stimulates hunger, and has been psychologically proven so. This is not a personal belief what so ever, it is engineered to make your brain crave using it. It is at the discretion of the user, I am not doubting that but it acts in the brain as a dopamine release of instantaneous gratification. Every time you post a picture and you receive likes on it, dopamine is released. The nature of all social media sites and to a larger degree video games exploit this feedback loop.

  33. Petr Maček sagt:

    Khaleel, from where comes the information that it is designed to be addictive? It is just a personal belief. The opposite is true. It is designed as a tool to better and effective communication between people. And it is very good tool. It helps me a lot to organise conversational trips, rehersals of our music group and so. If someone use it wrong way it is not problem of the tool but of the user. 🙂

  34. brassmonkeee sagt:

    Haha. I gave my attention during the whole talk and decided to visit the comments after the fact. I wanted to see how this resonated with most people, and expected to find that it would have hit home in a few ways with others, as it did me. I’m thrilled that Ted talks are accessible and even more so that I stumbled upon this video today, likely not by chance, if you ask me. Wishing you all well, and I hope that whatever you choose going forward works out splendidly for you and those you serve.

  35. Filmywap2bollywood sagt:

    Ace L true… And God mode also brings you..to handle emotions better

  36. Timothy Platt sagt:

    Dammit… Ok youre right.

  37. They said the same thing about New York

  38. Rossonero Jr. i’m a user of fb since 2008 i got rid of my social media apps currently. it feels like anxiety and depression started to develop before. Now i feel even more happier without social media.

  39. Rossonero Jr. sagt:

    Giselle B Yeah, that’s right. They spend their times on their goals.

  40. Rossonero Jr. sagt:

    GT Chin It is alright to quit or use it in balance. Using too much social media causes depression, social anxiety and etc. Better to have one social media but connect with people you care. Hard to understand millennials even myself.

  41. HAH! I was already antisocial before social media.

  42. Cesar Caminero sagt:

    It all depends on how you use any given thing. Too much of anything will always be bad. It can be social media, video games, tv shows, etc. Learn to distribute your time and you’ll accomplish your dreams. Take Elon Musk: guy has an active Twitter and Instagram accounts, but does that keep him from running a load of billion dollar companies, and still keep innovating? Doesn’t seem like it.

  43. PathofCultivation sagt:

    Exactly why you should avoid porn too. Our brains arent wired for constant novelty stimulation.

  44. Guru IsOnline sagt:

    YouTube doesn’t count, right?

  45. rahul shrma sagt:

    Youtube is more addictive than coke.

  46. Is it alright to quit facebook, snapchat and instagram? I only watched youtube for educational purposes

  47. TheDarkKnight sagt:

    Stop scrolling through the comments you attentionless twit!

  48. Priya Nathan sagt:

    I am social media free since Nov,2015

  49. Giselle B sagt:

    Most people I know who doesn’t have social media are very successful

  50. Golisani Mammoth sagt:

    Everyone in my class has social media, but I don’t. They think I have no friends and I have no life. But they are stupid and have low grades, and I am the smartest in the class. So who made the best choice? Me or the others

  51. Social media is a huge waste of time.Time is better spent by socializing in real life with real friends.

  52. KingMidas sagt:

    „funny“ thing is social media makes you antisocial

  53. Social media use = Zombie mode

    No social media use = Productive human mode

    Very limited social media use (to stay connected, to network, to keep motivation and inspiration up with like minded people) = God mode

  54. james fairburn sagt:

    The best way to describe the use of Social media in today’s society is exactly how they describe new york in the film My dinner with André. If you havent seen the film, I have copied the dialogue bellow but edited the subject from new york to social media. It may be a tad extreme, but it really is how I now see social media after quitting it.
    “What social media platform do you use?” And I said, “Facebook.” And he said, “Ah, Facebook, yes, that’s a very interesting site. Do you know a lot of Facebooker’s who keep talking about the fact that they want to leave, but never do?” And I said, “Oh, yes.” And he said, “Why do you think they don’t leave?” And I gave him different banal theories. And he said, “Oh, I don’t think it’s that way at all.” He said, “I think that Facebook is the new model for the new concentration camp, where the camp has been built by the inmates themselves, and the inmates are the guards, and they have this pride in this thing that they’ve built—they’ve built
    their own prison—and so they exist in a state of schizophrenia where they are both guards and prisoners. And as a result they no longer have—having been lobotomized—the capacity to leave the prison they’ve made or even to see it as a prison.”

  55. Akhil Sharma sagt:

    The comments here on this vedio is more motivating than this ted talk ☺️

  56. Petr Maček sagt:

    It is nonsense to blame social media for anything bad. It is a just tool and any tool is not good or bad by itself. It just can be used good or bad way. For example, a hammer can be used for repairing something as well as for destroying something. It just depends on the person who holds the hammer in his hand. Now if anyone blames a social media for taking too much time from him, is it a problem with the media or is it a problem of the person who used it the wrong way? If anyone blames the social media for whatever, it is always a problem of the user and not the media’s. Social media is just another way for us people to communicate. We can communicate things face to face, by phone, by poems, by books, by songs, my music, and also by writing one to each other on social media. Communication between two people is always REAL communication, between two REAL people. The way we communicate does not make it less or more real. The quality of the communication does not matter on a form of communication but on those who communicate. So if we experienced something wrong concerning social media, it is not social media to blame. It is us. Thanks everybody for thinking about it. Have all nice day! 🙂

  57. Chloe Cozzetti sagt:

    social media just gives me anxiety. I dont know why, it just does. i always get worried that when i post something, people wont like it. i decided to stay of of facebook and stuff like that. I feel so much more relaxed, and carefree. No social media was the best decision i’ve ever made

  58. Shruti Sura sagt:

    whenever I went out, I started thinking about what pictures I can take to post on my newly joined Instagram account, just to match the pictures my friends posted. So I deleted the app. felt better.

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