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

  1. Internet it's a way to connect as it should just be used to that, but it can be also a way to avoid as to hide if we are avoiders and then to keep the avoidance of reality alive. Internet it's good if we use to really share and communicate, otherwise it's perverse. Nothing can ever substitute the real interaction, the real emotions out of senses, out of the logical brain. In here it's the logical mind. We need reality the most, the voice, the touch, the things, the air, we are biological.

  2. Im 14, I deleted my most used social media app (snapchat)
    I found that i was wasting my time waiting and talking to people who had no value in my life at all, and keeping streaks, i deleted it 5 days ago now and i already feel 10x better,.

    When you delete these apps with mass communiction options you realise and find out who really cares about you and bothers to ask why you aret on your account anymore.

    Ive also deleted other social media apps, like tiktok for example, Its just a dopamine wormhole which is designed to make you loose every bit of your motivation and to be able to sit and scroll for hours. Obviously found out i was wasting my life away spending hours at a time watching random things which dont benefit me and wont benefit me at all in the future. There is so much i could say more about how much of a toxic envioroment it is a whole, espeically as a teenager.

  3. Quiting social media is the most stupidest idea. Because you will never be able to understand social media (if you never used it) and the relationships that occur in such environments. You have to feel social media and experience it. Because then you would be able to make better laws on it. Otherwise, social media will rot because, unlike a successful person like you, some people will never quit. You just have to think differently about it social media with a fresh mind. Don't go into the woods and forests just because social media hurt your heart and feelings. It's like how in the past people said that they wouldn't use cars and vehicles and that they would be happy on horses.

  4. Ben instagram hesabımı kapatalı bir sene olmadı ama çok mutluyum ve boşuna vaktim gitmiyor. Şimdi de snapchati silmeye karar verdim . Sosyal medya olmadan daha iyi yasıyorum ben şahsen 😁😊

  5. To anyone watching this, because they want to quit social media, and is having the weird headache due to mindless scrolling, in youtube and insta, and has all of the daily important goals pending, or complaining about procastination, … believe me, just uninstall the apps or force stop them for a day. you won't complain again. (the app blockers won't help, you will return again.) – WELCOME.

  6. All this is good. But how am I supposed to communicate with people I'm interested in if we technically can't be together in real life at a certain point in time? I'm not trying to condemn the speaker, I just want to hear people's opinions.

  7. You'll notice benefits within days if you leave social media. I look at it now, especially Twitter, and it blows my mind the way that total strangers talk to each other on that app and how normalized that behavior has become. It's also packed with self-validation efforts and cringey oversharing. Quite a bit of lowkey narcissism going on.

  8. Normally, I'm not a social media person (Twitter, instagram, discord, etc) but I'm very focused on the real life than the social world. Heres the problem, when someone tells you this, "Please don't quit social media / Don't delete your social media account! If you do that, you die for real!" Is that stupidity or nonsense?

  9. I feel as though social media is killing my brain and making me miserable. I was born in 2001, and growing up on the internet has been detrimental to my thought process, motivation, self discipline, etc. I see people who are in the same boat as me on snapchat, Instagram, Facebook whatever, and I think to myself, "If they're the same as me, I am okay." But I am not. It isn't okay to wake up and immediately check all your socials, scrolling endlessly through your Reels, Shorts, whatever then getting up and starting your day the exact same as the last. I'd love to read a book, I'd love to go workout, I'd love to get closer to my family, but I have this urge to sit or lie down and scroll through media with a dead brain. It is a legitimate fear of mine that I will be missing out on many things if I quit, but I thought about it, I am already missing out on a plethora of things that are actually meaningful.

    I have been looking into other peoples comments on numerous threads about their experience with quitting, and this is what I read.
    "Instant gratification makes you happy when you are not supposed to be."
    "There are things in our lives that we aspire to have, such as a new home, a family of our own, goals, etc. But the only way I could make these happen is if I get away from my phone, stop comparing, and make them happen."

    A world where we actually sit and eat together, we hold conversations, do something for ourselves when you finally reach that boredom that we forgot existed.

    I'm ready to quit.

  10. I am 18 and I just deleted all my social media accounts. It was a hard decision. I have been a Social Media since I was in 7th grade and I have been addicted to it since (I just finished my 12th. Yet to go to college now).
    I used to really like social media as I loved the feeling of being connected to people all over the world. When someone asked me why I used social media, I would get defensive. But, now I feel like it is doing more harm to me than good. I envied rich pretty kids around me, pretend to be one of them on instagram to fit in, having beauty standards way off.

  11. It's all about how you use social media platforms.
    Peoples also use social media to gain knowledge, make new professional connections, promote their businesses, create useful content, etc.
    So, it's all up to you how you gonna use it, to make your life better and be productive, or to become a lazy and addicted person.

  12. Whole video summary :

    -People can be successful and happy without using social media

    -It is possible to have friends, be informed, collaborate with others, and have entertainment options without using social media

    -Social media can have negative effects on people's happiness and success

    -The three most common objections to quitting social media are: social media is a fundamental technology of the 21st century, it is necessary for networking and professional advancement, and it is an important way to stay connected with friends and family

    -It is possible to use alternative technologies for networking and professional advancement, and to connect with friends and family in other ways

    -There are potential negative consequences to using social media, including addiction, comparison and envy, and the spread of misinformation

    -Quitting social media can have positive effects, including increased productivity, improved mental health, and increased face-to-face socialization.

  13. I deleted all social media, Instagram, Facebook, twitter, and I never had tik tok. So much happier. Don’t just deactivate your accounts – permanently delete them. Spend your life doing something other than scrolling.

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