'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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Thanks for the thoughtful arguments Cal. Like you, I too have researched and co-written two books that share the same main title, namely Primal Mind, Primal Games (which is as you can see embedded in the social media handle I have here on YouTube), and both consumed the vast proportion of my available work time. I had to be persuaded to sign up to Facebook and Linked-In on the basis it was a useful marketing tool. Yet since reluctantly joining Facebook, I occasionally get comments from friends asking me why I had not replied to their Facebook message yet? I tell them that I'm not on Facebook on a daily basis. I generally only check it once or twice a week, and they are shocked or in disbelief. But as one interested in the psychological nature of people, I do find that it provides a revealing window into people's lives, though often an overly self-indulgent one. I do like the jokes and some of the visuals though, I have to admit.
Do you have your own website? That’s social media. Maybe the verbiage he’s using is wrong, but this video makes absolutely no sense to me and is a complete contradiction. Using social media to spread the word about how social media is bad is the same as bombing for peace. It doesn’t work.
Seriously considering quitting social media. Just a question though: how about creative work? I still want to put my stuff out there (writing, photography) and share it with other people, and I usually do it on Facebook and Instagram. How am I still able to accomplish that without social media?
I did a 6 month social media fast myself. The first couple of weeks were hard but after that it was smooth sailing. I ended up not even wanting to get back on but I did with new intentions of spreading good.
That's all great and good (also, Cal is cool - he writes interesting and useful books I'd highly recommend), but the "just quit all social media" philosophy ignores so many factors by just claiming it will undoubtedly improve your life. For students it is almost impossible to quit facebook as all school groups are on there, where you can get all information, trade tips and even outlines. If you are not there you are basically irrelevant and painfully uninformed, as it is the place with the most information that is quickest to get. Also, for people with a lot of relatives and friends living abroad, it is the only way to know what's happening in their life as it happens and contact them for free in real time, as opposed to emailing everyone individually and asking for pictures and updates. nobody has time for that. A common argument would be that if someone doesn't care enough to write you you don't need to know about them or that they would save time by quitting social media, but it's more complex than that. We have incorporated it in every part of our lives to the point where it is difficult to quit for practical reasons - you immediatelly become totally isolated from any information you need, and life just moves on away from you. To most people, the cons are too serious and a desperate desire to quit isn't enough of an incentive, if the result is being totally out of the loop. If more people don't start quitting it nothing will change
This video may apply to many but not to me. In recent I years have virtually gotten rid of my anxiety, improved my confidence, massively improved my productivity, but I have INCREASED my use of social media significantly. I made 5 Instagram accounts and a reddit account. He was smart to say “not all people” because yeah buddy this doesn’t apply to me, and I’m sure there are other people like me.
I deleted my Facebook account 1 month ago and Messenger. I did it after someone broke up with me. I decided to do radical changes in my life and desintoxicate my life in every way possible. It's funny how my body and brain have been reacting. I been feeling depressed and lonely, but every day I feel more in touch with who I am and the world around me. Social media for the most part is toxic to the world. Never had an Instagram account or twitter. Never plan on opening Facebook again. Somehow something within me tells me this is the right thing to do. I'm ok with Youtube videos and whatsapp, but even whatsapp I barely use. Hopefully, the whole world realizes how toxic these social media channels are Facebook, Istagram, Twitter, etc...
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.
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.
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.
Major PRO Live your life in reality. I have a 14 year old sister who is ALWAYS on snapchat, facebook, Instagram, and especially Musically. It might not feel like it right now, but trust me, life is SO much better off social media. If you dont wanna quit completely, take a break. Itll definitely do you some good.
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 ???
Ahmad Khairy I keep messenger apps like watsapp, etc. They're not on the same platform of social media, as say Facebook imo. EVERYone that you know or communicate with, aren't ALWAYS your friend. The friends you make and keep while off social media, are the ones worth keeping. Try changing your perspective. You'll never find ANYTHING you love if you hate everything. Good luck mate.
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.
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 :)
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.
Micah Taylor what I noticed is that people have become zombies.. I think the reason I deleted my fb is bc I knew in myself, that I would become absorbed by it. It made me superficial, always worried about the way I looked and what I was doing that I could post and get attention. And that is not who I was.
I witnessed ALOT of mothers ignoring their babies... It devastated me the most bc I could see the children reach out to them for attention for love and affection and they were completely ignored or swatted away.
I told myself I would never let my future children look at me and see the back of a phone.
My first baby is 4 months old and she doesn’t know what a phone is yet. I don’t use it around her. I read books to her, I love on her, I sing to her. I play episodes of mr. rogers for her to listen to.
If you wonder why people are so messed up now a days, look to social media.
Micah, if you have children someday please don’t let them look at you and see the back of a phone.
The lack of self control regarding smart phones is destroying what it means to be a family. Idc how “happy” you look online.
Look around, OPEN your eyes, challenge yourself!
How can a device that fits in the palm of your hand have so much control over you?
Bc you know it has control of you but you choose to do nothing about it.
Best wishes and God Bless❤️
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 😂
I enjoyed this video! While Cal's arguments hold great value, his scientific like assesments do not represent all of those who do use social media for betterment. For example, musicians in the modern times use social media platforms to promote new music or unused musical ideas in order to give fans an inside look at the music making process. In these last few years, social media/music torrent sites have, indeed, brought down the music business to the point where record labels no longer fiance musical projects, for fear of losing money to "illegal " downloading. However, this very internet based problem was turned into opportunities for musicians to take over their very own careers and develop social media campaigns, resulting into successful tours and digital album sales. One social media group, Pledgemusic, allows fans direct access to musicians and the processes used in the creation of new music while fiancing the musical projects. Second, there are examples of people ( mathematicans, physicians, drummers, athelets, etc. . . ) who need materials/excersies FOR muliti purpose needs and even use social media platforms not to show off but to encourage others to pursue these respected fields. Lastly, more companies are using sites ( like LinkedIn ) to further investigate potential employees. Digital resumes on line cut down research time. In fact, Human Resource companies LOVE social media for investigation purposes into potential emotionally damaged employees, to avoid for future jobs thereby saving potential lives from harm. As a result, the internet/social media techologies should be seen as TOOLS and not serious intrusions into our lives. Some folks, like Cal, simply don't have the need to be on social media and that's okay! But Cal points out the biggest flaw to his own argument againist social media: It still comes down to the individual choice on how to live one's life fully. Social media is simply a tool, even with " ambiguous data " streams that companies claim to have on us ( there isn't a big enough computer to hold that much data--remember, data eventually gets erased. Just ask Yahoo ). And if you start to accuse " ambiguous data " collections as being a problem for human development, then you have to accuse libraries/maps/the alpabet for helping us become smarter over the years. And yes, there are some folks who want to brag about their lives with the intent of showing off. But it will always comes down to the choices made BY the individual. Either choose to better one's self with the tools around you. . .or choose not too.
Not gonna get off social media but a good reminder to where it belongs; on the back burner. Still live your life, develop deep domain experience, have quality friends. But everyone is on FB Messenger these days and people are changing phone numbers all the time.
I've quit social media for 6 years. I just couldn't handle the amount of pressure I put on myself with my Facebook persona. I got caught up with the idea of how I should look, and not who I really am. I garnered many likes and attention with it, and I remember the dopamine rush and it felt great! It was exciting to wake up every morning and look online to see someone like my picture or comment something about me. I felt wanted and validated, but if I had a drought of those features, likes, comments etc. I would feel inadequate, unwanted and I'd feel an intense feeling of depression. Overall the cost outweighed the benefit. It was insatiable, and it was a vicious cycle of feel good energy that would eventually fizzle until I'd need more of its product.
I do have concerned if it'd ruin my opportunity in the future for job prospects, but the video explains that they will not be negated if void of a social media presence. What I do fret over is the future, and how a social media presence might be crucial and mandatory if anyone wants to have access to resources, because without one you could be labelled as someone who has something to hide and could be barred from participating in events or activities.
If people are too incompetent to use social media in general, choose the right platforms and not participate in the whirlpool of manipulation - yes I agree these people should not not use social media. But it's not the concept but the execution failing. Failing because of the incompetent users playing right in the hands of huge companies that naturally only focus on maximizing their profits. But it does work without them - it just requires a tiny bit more thought. Please think about it the next time you feel the urge to share something. Think about the platform. But the arguments or rather counterarguments brought up in this excuse for a tedtalk are simply a joke. To debunk them you really only use their own words - they're shallow denial! It's like getting told by a child that refused to try asparagus for years how horrible of a thing asparagus is. It's mere self justification.
I agree with most of what he said, I have long stopped looking at peoples' profiles or posts. Just that it's so hard to keep in touch nowadays, I don't know whose number or email is still current. FB is a great way to just message people and plan get togethers. I also use FB to find babysitters, especially at the last minute. Local mom groups provide terrific advice on public schools, what you need, what to expect, etc. Certain FB groups are great place to get good advice without the embarrassment of having to ask someone in your immediate circle and have it come back to you in a negative way. But, his slot machine analogy is right on. You can't play slots all day long. Limiting yourself to 20 min a day would be great...
A very compelling talk. But I must partially disagree with the benefits of networking from a professional perspective. As a game Developer; both Artist and Designer, Platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and Linked in are crucial to me for reaching other developers. For a start, the casual and subtle approach allows me to connect with hundreds of others in my field, even some industry veterans, and establish a communicative tether. It works because social media sets a tone that people want to engage with. At events, via email, telephone, most industry professionals don't want to talk about work. Because it's pushy and often considered insincere and invasive. Whereas online there is a tone in place, a tone that advocates for the sharing of ideas where it is seamless, and convenient. A place where everyone can be a peer regardless of their status in the industry, and build social connections that then bridge out into the real world, where talk about professional subjects now becomes more accepted.
It's very easy to say that if you have something brilliant, something the market wants, people will hunt you down and bring your idea to fruition. But this really isn't always true. Because even if you have a great idea or product, you have to prove it to the world, since the mere idea of something brilliant isn't enough to sway people any-more. We live in a rightfully sceptical society, and nobody is interested unless you have unprecedented professional status. The people that actually get jobs are the ones with a strong social network and only reasonable skills. Someone who knows how to reach companies and people casually and establish good relationships. And often the initial key to that is social networking.
Needless to say it has massively helped me casually reach professionals and establish better relationships, as well as getting me my first position as a professional in my industry. I don't use social media for social reasons. It's a massive time-sink, which is why I quit, but I value certain social media platforms for the benefits its yields.
I quit most of my social media. A big waste of time. Quit other apps too- same people on all of them. People have become screen heads: like ostriches with their heads buried in a fake reality. Turn off the screens. Read a book - a paper book. Take a walk, walk the dog(s), exercise, hang with your friends,etc. Go to the park. Go to a museum ,,you know- enjoy the world !!!
I deleted Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat over a year and was the best I ever did, now I know who are my real friends..
It's sad how people care so much about having likes and look perfect on pictures, worried about what people think...
I don't feel the need to compare myself with someone else...
I was fail on first semster of my college becuse of using social media alot and spending my time to it when i decide to delet them and i did so i got a second class postion on my second semster then for even 3th and 4th semster and now im on my 5th and im not using but just to usinh wtsp and ciber to connect with my family ❤️
I hate Facebook, but I have absolutely no friends, no girlfriend, never had one and I´m unable to find friends and especially a girlfriend. When I wasn´t on any social media site, I didn´t have any social contacts, either. So I´m not sure if it´s a good idea for me to delete my Facebook account.
The first argument that he present about social media being like a slot machine, I can agree with. Days without it makes it hard. The second and third argument really comes down to how a person really uses social media. For instance his third and second argument can be countered with people making videos for entertainment purposes for the sake of others and business. At the same time a person with no self control will be effected with the side effects of having less focus. Fortunately if a person does have a focus or goal like finding a job from other "friends" or "followers"within social media then it serves a purpose.
Unfortunately in my case I can’t actually “quit” Facebook due to college. We use Facebook groups to announce important messages/assignments for several of my courses. However, deliberately reducing the time I spend on social media has felt good (so far). I’m consciously trying to read books with my Kindle when I’ll otherwise mindlessly scroll through social media, and that’s how I came across Cal Newport’s books. Glad I’m headed towards the right direction. I do not intend to ever leave social media completely, but cutting down has really helped.
There is a difference between "social media" and "social network".
A social network is a platform where the primary purpose is that of making direct interaction between users, which may share media content (video, images, etc.), but that's just a secondary activity. In fact there are many social networks that are mainly text based. The network's primary interest is that of facilitating and promoting the interactions between users in order to keep them hooked to the service so that they can be turned into a product (sold to advertisers). In a social network the persons are the core element, so anything related to the human's social activities, whether good or bad, is what makes most of the content (eating, vacationing, gossiping, hangin' out, cats, babies, etc.). That's Facebook, for example.
A social media platform is a kind of service where the primary purpose is that of allowing users to create, publish and share media content. The platform's main interest is that of creating the tools to facilitate the creation, publication and promotion of creative works, ideas, tutorials, etc. The "social" aspect is of secondary importance (many youtube videos have the comment section disabled and you will still watch them). Social media platforms are more focused on the creative aspects of human nature and since you choose the contents, you get what you look for. Unlike social networks where your "friends" remain the same and you are forced to watch their content over and over. Till you die. A social media platform may become a social network if it mainly favours interaction between users rather than the content being created.
I used to use Facebook, snapchat, Instagram ect but I realised how many problems it would cause because everyone shares everything about themselves and it definitely ruins relationships purely because you can see anything that someone has liked/commented on and it’s so silly. I feel better not using social media.. I like talking to people in person rather than over a screen.
Well, here's my opinion to those objections and I have a better solution than quitting social media.
Social media is a fundamental Technology - I agree it's not, and yes a 6 year old can use it. Yes, it's not a skill you would write in your Resume/CV but at the same time, LinkedIn helps a lot in growing business as well as for finding job. Even Facebook helps in making connections and growing our network. All social media's are a great place to promote business or yourself in terms of a job.
I agree social media can fragment our concentration, distract us, cause anxiety, loneliness, depression, and I have suffered from all this.
I have experimented a life without social media for 5 months, and everything was great, but there were a few downsides, I have often lost opportunities and it is very important to be up to date with the world. YouTube is one the best learning platforms that I have found, and this same platform can be used to binge watch tv shows and I can say that being an ex Tv Addict.
It is very hard to reduce social media and at the same time it is absolutely necessary.
Don't quit it rather use my solution.
"I use social media 15 mins a day at night on my laptop after I am done studying/ working."
Too much of everything is bad.
Doing anything in extreme can result in damage.
So find a balance, use all resources like social media up to their full potential as much as you can.
I would suggest 15 mins in morning, not as the first thing, but after meditation/prayer, exercise/workout, getting ready, breakfast. This is the best time for it. And 15 mins after work, keep a gap between bedtime and social media as it will effect your eyes, mind and sleep if you use it as a last thing.
I have tried all of the above and I am 100% positive, you will see a big change in your life, if you follow it.
I don't think we need to quit social media. I just think we need to stop telling them (and the rest of the world) about ourselves. Our private lives shouldn't ever be given over the internet. It's being used against us, but they probably have enough info already to hang us when it comes time to hanging us.
Hey I'm a photographer, graphic artist, and music artist. What are some ways I could still gain exposure without using social media ? My professions are things that absolutely thrive on social media and this is how you get jobs in these fields. Especially in the case of music people come to you through this and can keep up with your music releases through this.
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Несомненно, сложность разрешения семейных неурядиц обусловлено тем, что между супругами, как правило, нет соглашения, брачного контракта и они предъявляют друг другу различные требования, как материального так и морального характера. Как показывает наша практика, прийти в такой ситуации к обоюдному решении семейного спора очень сложно и, порой, без вмешательства адвоката по семейным делам,— невозможно.
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и других законов,
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для решения спора.
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