Quit social media | Dr. Cal Newport | TEDxTysons

  • Published: 19 September 2016
  • '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.

    This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at ted.com/tedx

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  • ArgentOrangeOK
    ArgentOrangeOK  6 hours back

    Facebook is run by people who are probably psychopaths. That's why I deleted my account. Turns out, it was also a great move for most of the reasons he says too.

    • Jyoti Dixit
      Jyoti Dixit  17 hours back

      Utube is also a waste of time

      • Balázs Pap
        Balázs Pap  3 days back

        im about to quit insta until i need it for business, but man i love those meme pages

        • Alan Tan
          Alan Tan  3 days back

          What do you say in for Social Media in 2019? Yes, it is entertainment with the invoked emotions. If Youtube is social media, then the argument goes bust.

          • warwickowl
            warwickowl  4 days back

            The issue I have is that I live in a different city from my family and closest friends. Social media is the one way I can keep in contact with them all. I wish I could leave it all but because that’s how they communicate in a group I’d just become more isolated if I left

            • Kell Brigan
              Kell Brigan  4 days back

              Thanks for the captions. I can't understand half of what he's said!

              • Cassius Felix
                Cassius Felix  5 days back

                Social Media can be whatever you want it to be. Just be careful who you trust on there because you have not seen them face to face. If a stranger can pose as one of your friends so always be careful who you trust in that world.

                • Cassius Felix
                  Cassius Felix  5 days back

                  To be honest what ever you want life to be is the way your life should be.

                  • Cassius Felix
                    Cassius Felix  5 days back

                    I will say this social media is like drugs right it seems like something that is very bad for you a till you try it.

                    • Emma Liston
                      Emma Liston  5 days back

                      I don’t like to be addicted to anything. I’ve tried some drugs and nicotine but my free spirit doesn’t let me latch onto them for prolonged periods of time. I might use a Juul for a few weeks then quit for a few etc. I’ve done this before with social media but one of the best and most memorable weeks of my life was when I didn’t have a phone because it broke. I remember not feeling lonely, I remember feeling more excited to see my friends and tell them about my life and ask about theirs. It was refreshing and I felt like I had plenty of time in the day to do what I wanted to. But I realllllyyyyy think social media is an addiction because I feel myself getting pulled to open Instagram when more often than not, instagram will make me sad or feel not worthy. I also don’t get a lot of gain from social media except more information. Information that is mostly useless. Like how somebody I haven’t seen in 5 years is eating at chipotle. It takes up my brain space. I want to focus of what brings me joy in life and social media just isn’t one of those things.

                      • maccollectorZ
                        maccollectorZ  7 days back

                        It's amazing that some people act as though the crooks at Facebook et al. should alter their platform to ameliorate the world—that they are unfair and silence people. Who the heck said we all have to be on Facebook? People act as though it's a platform that we're forced to use and on which we are forced to communicate with one another. Your free speech doesn't matter when you're on a site owned by a private entity; they can do whatever they wish to do with their product. Some people need to stop acting as though social media has wronged them, when it was their own personal decision to jump on in the first place. If you don't like it, it's best to leave.

                        I agree that plenty of people are badly affected by it, but it's majorly their own faults: their action of signing up was voluntary. Stop treating the worst possible social media sites as valid platforms on which to have your voice heard.

                        • Alpha
                          Alpha  7 days back

                          I've deactivated my FB and Insta accounts today. Amen to that

                          • Eck Centrique
                            Eck Centrique  7 days back

                            It's been over two years since I deleted Facebook and my very dormant Twitter account. Oh, and I've never had Instagram. I decided to step back because I needed to focus on my physical health, mental health and career. Completing an Engineering degree and constantly arguing with strangers about anything and everything can't coincide. One has to make way for the other!

                            The only thing Facebook has done for me is make me lose respect for people I once thought were level-headed or smart, but clearly anyone can lose their head when they have an interested audience. I've even become slightly misanthropic because of it.

                            I was also getting somewhat tired of raising my former schoolmates' and acquaintances' children with my Wi-Fi and data bundles.

                            Now the only thing I need to do is stop reading and leaving YouTube comments.

                            • Milky Way Galaxy
                              Milky Way Galaxy  1 weeks back

                              Luckily, I don't use Twitter or Instagram. So Facebook is my only vice. I don't really consider YouTube to be social media.

                              • miss kmcp
                                miss kmcp  1 weeks back

                                I realized the Facebook was taking my time away and I quit him, now I feel so free! I have enough time to study a new language here on youtube videos, I also read the comments to practice...

                                • Christina Eder
                                  Christina Eder  1 weeks back

                                  This week, I'm using your guidelines and giving one of my books away every day (avg. $5-7 value). In exchange for this freebie, I ask for a review and publicity. If I'm spending $5 on a Facebook ad that I don't know its' impact, I'd rather use the money for marketing face-to-face to develop relationships. Thank you for helping me think outside of the box!

                                  • No One
                                    No One  1 weeks back

                                    Or maybe become stronger mentally and not allow any form of entertainment to hinder u negatively. 🤔

                                    • Matt s
                                      Matt s  1 weeks back

                                      Social media ruined society.

                                      • edd3055
                                        edd3055  1 weeks back

                                        Quit it if you use its just distracting you from your social life and labor, but if you use it as a way to profit by gaining money and knowledge dont quit just focus and balance what matters from what it does not

                                        • SFB
                                          SFB  1 weeks back

                                          quit spying media

                                          • Robert Heredia
                                            Robert Heredia  1 weeks back

                                            Yes assert and impose your reality onto others. More knuckle heads. Just what we need.

                                            • Another Agnostic
                                              Another Agnostic  2 weeks back

                                              Quit Facebook (actually took the time to delete over 10 years of posts) and Twitter. I was addicted to them and they were taking up a lot of my time. I also gave up sugar.

                                              • sdg72
                                                sdg72  2 weeks back

                                                Whats sooo sad is that alot of people probably wouldnt have any type of direction in life if all social media goes down. Many people feel like they are somebody because of social media so imagine when its no more😳

                                                • Gregory Cartagena
                                                  Gregory Cartagena  2 weeks back

                                                  The Speaker and his followers are very Naive..while I can agree some social apps are waste of time or just for entertainment..with my experience it helped end homelessness for me. It helped me find a better Job and it also helped me find new friends to go out on ski tours in the backcountry, in a new place and a city I felt totally lost and lonely in.

                                                  • Tushar Girotra
                                                    Tushar Girotra  2 weeks back

                                                    what if one is not addicted to it? That requires a lot of self control. I guess that is the best way.

                                                    • Bethany C
                                                      Bethany C  2 weeks back

                                                      I’m one app away from being completely free of social media and it has brought more happiness into my life. Day to day problems are not made worse by social media. It’s just fresh and free (I do not include YT as a social media more educational and fun) but if anyone know of any messaging apps that doesn’t require you to give people (work colleagues and people you hardly know) your phone number please let me know :D

                                                      • arxdeath
                                                        arxdeath  2 weeks back

                                                        Also LinkedIn? I have gotten job offers and jobs through LinkedIn.

                                                      • Gental- Man
                                                        Gental- Man  2 weeks back

                                                        I read the book Walden, bought myself 12 acres of land near a forest with a trout stream on it and built myself a cabin. Life is peaceful now.

                                                        • Nuzhdar Hamdoun
                                                          Nuzhdar Hamdoun  2 weeks back

                                                          I feel like both Snapchat & Instagram starting to get boring now cause ppl are busy with their lifes etc & that nobody wants to post stuff anymore smh 🤦‍♂️

                                                          • Vincent Gulizio
                                                            Vincent Gulizio  2 weeks back

                                                            I quit Facebook back in 2014. And then Google+ shortly after. I still have an Instagram account that I use maybe once a month, but that is gonna be going away too. I can honestly say, after I left Facebook years ago, I was able to focus more on life and be more productive. I am a strong advocate of getting off social media.

                                                            As for the YouTube angle - YouTube is very dynamic. It is not only social media. This video alone demonstrates that Youtube has its value depending on what you as the viewer want to consume. I come on Youtube mostly to learn in my free time. I wouldn't necessarily tell people to get off of Youtube, but rather, don't get lost in all the "social" nonsense that can occur here. Just my opinion.

                                                            • Jerry Sedlacek
                                                              Jerry Sedlacek  2 weeks back

                                                              I received a rejection letter that in part admonished me for not having a social media presence and implied that it was a reason for not being considered for the job.

                                                              • Jerry Sedlacek
                                                                Jerry Sedlacek  2 weeks back

                                                                Read a stat that 80% of Twitter posts are by 10% of twitterheads.

                                                                • Zex Li
                                                                  Zex Li  2 weeks back

                                                                  YouTube is education platform

                                                                • danpeezie
                                                                  danpeezie  2 weeks back

                                                                  I watched this over a year ago and immediately deleted my Facebook app and haven’t looked back. I didn’t realize how badly it was effecting me and agree 100% with everything in this talk. Awesome!

                                                                  • D Bear
                                                                    D Bear  2 weeks back

                                                                    Socialist Media

                                                                    • David  Clifford
                                                                      David Clifford  2 weeks back

                                                                      How does he know if he never had social media? 😂

                                                                      • God Warrior
                                                                        God Warrior  2 weeks back

                                                                        Research based on people who do. Same thing as asking how someone can know how cancer works if they don't have cancer.

                                                                    • Nataraj Krishna
                                                                      Nataraj Krishna  2 weeks back

                                                                      One matter came to my mind now .. the way in which the Social media is penetrating in all spheres of life .. we should better call it .. "Social Mania".

                                                                      • Kaepora Gaebora
                                                                        Kaepora Gaebora  2 weeks back

                                                                        Facebook and fame can help you promote things if you're an entrepreneur

                                                                        • Mutafa Rahmani
                                                                          Mutafa Rahmani  3 weeks back

                                                                          I am 6 hours a day on youtube minimum and don’t use any other social media only watsapp and youtube

                                                                          • Teon Mazyck
                                                                            Teon Mazyck  3 weeks back

                                                                            You telling people to quit social media when u have a social media 🤣

                                                                            • Quito Lopez
                                                                              Quito Lopez  3 weeks back

                                                                              I kicked the habit a couple of years ago. Best thing I've done in years

                                                                              • Rwaggy Rwuper Rwinstincts

                                                                                Anytime I drop my phone and TRY to walk around I often myself with Anxiety and Depression, I just realized how Addicted I am to my phone. TBH I rather choose boredem than Depression because of some Few application with fake friends

                                                                                Edit: Don't bother liking and replying cause I'm leaving YouTube

                                                                                • THTR Prod.
                                                                                  THTR Prod.  3 weeks back

                                                                                  "Man uses social media to say we dont need social media"

                                                                                  Also you guys do realize hes probably referring to youtube as well right? Really anything that constantly distracts you from every day life

                                                                                  • Rosemary Terra
                                                                                    Rosemary Terra  3 weeks back

                                                                                    THTR Prod. Yes your right. At first I use to believe that YouTube didn’t count, but omg it definitly does count. I waste my time in days watching YouTube instead of applying myself. It’s upsetting to me.

                                                                                • E. RiVeRa
                                                                                  E. RiVeRa  3 weeks back

                                                                                  I quit ALL social media except YouTube , Two reasons , my main hobbies, CARS and Old Music. Two things that gave me peace, knowledge, fun and joy. .... nothing personal, no attacks, no drama........

                                                                                  • Md Nafis Sadman
                                                                                    Md Nafis Sadman  3 weeks back

                                                                                    YouTube only

                                                                                    • Fak Mir
                                                                                      Fak Mir  3 weeks back

                                                                                      i hav quitted facebook,instagram and now will limit watsapp too...only useful things for me are pinterest and youtube

                                                                                      • J.I.F.E India
                                                                                        J.I.F.E India  3 weeks back

                                                                                        I think the hardest thing is not about deleting your social media apps, it about having them and not being used by them, I have decided to reduce my time on it and now days even if I have the best moment of my life I don't post it , but I wait for messages from my family

                                                                                        • James yue
                                                                                          James yue  3 weeks back

                                                                                          "SOCIAL MEDIA" LOL Ironically, instead of making us more socially connected, it drift us further away from one another.