What I learned from my social media fast | Amber Quinney | [email protected]

  • Published: 08 May 2018
  • Take a social media break as you explore the dangers of social media addiction on the human brain and it's harmful effects on society. College scholar Amber Quinney shares with you how she lost her appetite for virtual interaction through her year-long social media fast. Through her talk, learn how to be more mindful of your social media presence and how to be more present in your own life. Amber Quinney is no average college student. A Marketing major at Canisius College, she has completed seven internships and earned more than $50,00 in private scholarships. Amber was a finalist at the national C.E.O. elevator pitch competition, won two research grants, and twice was a WNY Prosperity fellow. She completed the University of California Emerging Leaders Program, and is the founder of “Charm School for Sisters,” which teaches young girls of color about self-love, sisterhood, and success skills. Her talk is based off of her recent research for candidacy for her degree and explores the negative effects on the brain of over saturation of social media exposure and addiction. Her talk also explores the critical role that social media and media stimulation plays in our everyday lives.

    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

Comments • 254

  • Hayden Cooper
    Hayden Cooper  1 weeks back

    I basically stopped posting to instagram 5 months ago. Barely look at it anymore. Wasn't intending it to be that long but it actually felt good not "checking in" all the time and not feeling like i had to get likes and like posts. Never had facebook, twitter didn't get my attention and now my snapchat is now getting very worried!

    • Diavolaccio Satanasso
      Diavolaccio Satanasso  2 weeks back

      Never had any social media. Beats me how anyone with a functioning brain would do otherwise.

      • Cactus T
        Cactus T  2 weeks back

        I wish she could have shared what she did while she was away from social media for six months. Either way wonderful speech, I'm currently on my social media cleanse as well, finding more about myself as the journey continues! this is what the world needs to hear

        • Jennie Yolan
          Jennie Yolan  3 weeks back


          • Mo vlogs
            Mo vlogs  3 weeks back

            Yooo!! where the vibranium at?? I'm sure she knows!

            • Bria Barrows
              Bria Barrows  3 weeks back

              what i'm doing right now. 6 months. yasss. you do lose yourself

              • Valencia Williams
                Valencia Williams  4 weeks back

                This is so needed

                • Millie Jean Warren
                  Millie Jean Warren  1 months back

                  Her insights <3

                  • Tom Lintern
                    Tom Lintern  1 months back

                    I am SO inspired by Amber. I can't wait to start my social media account and finally get the social validation I deserve.

                    • Jhane Mangco
                      Jhane Mangco  1 months back

                      "Learn to like yourself first." That's the most amazing thing I've heard today.

                      • mascara1888
                        mascara1888  1 months back

                        I clicked just to get a better look at her dress it's so cute!

                        • Byron TGI Friday
                          Byron TGI Friday  1 months back

                          82 mindless people unlike the video

                          • Aislinn Spaman
                            Aislinn Spaman  1 months back

                            youre so smart and beautiful!

                            • Olivia Patterson
                              Olivia Patterson  1 months back

                              Great Talk, Beautiful person/soul!

                              • GlobalFreeHousing. org
                                GlobalFreeHousing. org  1 months back

                                Excellent video! Bravo!

                                • Miss Sue's Skills 4 Success

                                  Great message! Everyone should watch this! Amber, I like when you said "If you do not have a positive purpose for using social media, then log off, and log off immediately." and "Leaders are readers!" So many people need to log off.

                                  • jbela
                                    jbela  2 months back

                                    Social media is one of the biggest threat to the brain, you got that right!

                                    • human being
                                      human being  2 months back

                                      Thankyou for saying that 'social media is a biggest threat to the brain' bcz u said it otherwise others just try to balance it saying just use safe and its not that bad .. but yes I knw its bad .. although I m not on it .. but my people are on it and what if I am free but they are not to talk to me.. so in order to have a carefree a really free world free from tensions phone vibrations and all we all need to quit this .. quit it as soon as possible otherwise the world will give u more reasons not to quit it

                                      • kemaman bin tulu
                                        kemaman bin tulu  2 months back

                                        from 30 days to 6 months

                                        • Megan Otten
                                          Megan Otten  2 months back

                                          Social media made me anti social. As an extrovert it is painful to see other extroverts have more friends and be more liked. When most of those “relationships” are shallow.

                                          • bat-skull 97
                                            bat-skull 97  2 months back

                                            Social media is terrible ! it literally changes your brain, even when you take a break from it you still feel like you need to post or update

                                            • DAHRIPPA
                                              DAHRIPPA  2 months back

                                              What an amazing young lady!!

                                              • Yemi Kebede
                                                Yemi Kebede  2 months back

                                                On utube

                                                • Yemi Kebede
                                                  Yemi Kebede  2 months back

                                                  She's saying social media is bad on social media.

                                                  • Mother
                                                    Mother  2 months back

                                                    I love this sis 💕

                                                    • Blessed Racs
                                                      Blessed Racs  2 months back

                                                      I quit Facebook and it’s about 9days of no fb and I feel so good and it’s really true when you are in a social media app like Facebook, Instagram and etc., your actually living like an unreal world. So I pray to live a life without social media that makes me depress and insecure because of what I seeing in the profiles of the person in social media.

                                                      • Lucy T
                                                        Lucy T  3 months back

                                                        🙌🏽 I don't fb but I hav Twitter and utube is addictive, offline is healthy to tune in within 💛 self love is important!!

                                                        • Roy Adair
                                                          Roy Adair  3 months back

                                                          Cutie Pie Amber Quinney the energy you have and that beautiful look and smile.. I will take heed and listen to what you have said. Thank you 😊😎

                                                          • me me
                                                            me me  3 months back

                                                            I hate books tho lol

                                                            • Morgue Original Music
                                                              Morgue Original Music  3 months back

                                                              "Selfies are fun"

                                                              As much fun as a slow descent into narcissism.

                                                              • Jameelah Ra'oof
                                                                Jameelah Ra'oof  3 months back

                                                                She has a great speaking voice that commands attention. Thank you for this. I played this for students in one of my sociology courses.

                                                              • Ali Hassan
                                                                Ali Hassan  3 months back

                                                                Be right back just need to check my Facebook

                                                                • A OB
                                                                  A OB  3 months back

                                                                  Great talk! So many good points, and such a dynamic speaker. You can tell this young woman is going places.

                                                                  • Chizal White
                                                                    Chizal White  3 months back


                                                                    • IVIajor DamageD
                                                                      IVIajor DamageD  3 months back

                                                                      It's not for me, I didn't make one till I was 17 (?) And I don't even know why I did, probably for stress release? It just feels pointless and I regret it, it's just such a waste of time and so disconnected/sheltered from Actual reality, and so are the people who use it, and I hate it, so glad to be done.

                                                                      • Mohamed Attar
                                                                        Mohamed Attar  3 months back

                                                                        I do not hold to quit social media, because it is a tool and you allocate how to use it, so it is not social media fault it is humans fault for misusing it correctly.

                                                                        • Annika Ehrig
                                                                          Annika Ehrig  4 months back

                                                                          Amber is one of the best speakers I've ever heard on TEDx! So articulate and passionate!

                                                                          • Lillian Sanders
                                                                            Lillian Sanders  4 months back

                                                                            What a wise and beautiful young woman! I hope I can be like her someday. Honestly, we don’t need social around 24/7. I only have Instagram and Youtube now. I don’t have the Instagram app on my phone and discipline myself to only browse youtube after lunch and after dinner. Quitting social media really is much more productive and distressing.

                                                                            • Tim Cook
                                                                              Tim Cook  4 months back

                                                                              every time I go to IG and watch people's sotries, I would feel bad because I would compare how better their loves are compared to me

                                                                              • Lashaunda Little
                                                                                Lashaunda Little  4 months back

                                                                                I'm currently doing a 30 days fast from fb

                                                                                • Key Nicole
                                                                                  Key Nicole  4 months back

                                                                                  Yasss Amber💕
                                                                                  Amazing stage presence, awesome speaker & great information!!!

                                                                                  • Cameron Pence
                                                                                    Cameron Pence  4 months back

                                                                                    She summed everything up so nicely, in today's society it's hard to completely log off because nowadays it is a tool. Taking a detoxing break can be a wonderful thing though and I think it's so important for everyone to try it out. Remember to find who you are before you share who you are not!

                                                                                    • Peace Ondeath
                                                                                      Peace Ondeath  4 months back

                                                                                      What a pretty plant that is. Well spoken.

                                                                                      • Shinedala Berg
                                                                                        Shinedala Berg  4 months back

                                                                                        What I wonderful speech, I really loved it so much. I have not been on social media for a long time....I could say a month now! There is no way I'm going back to it. I just was always comparing myself, to other people's "perfect" life. I could not stand seeing couples on social media, because I would get really jealous because I would want that in my life. Also the biggest thing was, I would get so much depression and I would be on it for so many hours, and then I would be behind on my work. So I'm happy that I'm done with that life.

                                                                                        • Andrew Murphy
                                                                                          Andrew Murphy  5 months back

                                                                                          A terrific speaker at such a young age. She will go far!

                                                                                        • Valerie Stupnikova
                                                                                          Valerie Stupnikova  5 months back

                                                                                          Her speech is so motivating! And, she's so cute! :)

                                                                                          • Damian Coccio
                                                                                            Damian Coccio  5 months back

                                                                                            Good talk. As long as these platforms have algorithms that addict and manipulate there is a good reason to abstain. Watch the talks of Tristan Harris and Jaron Lanier to gain a fuller insight into the problem and why deleting your accounts is the best course of action.

                                                                                            • Briana Kelley
                                                                                              Briana Kelley  5 months back

                                                                                              Smart little lady! I have definitely limited my ability to think by outsourcing!