'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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Based upon the fact that the more people use social media the more likely they are to commit suicide - this alone indicates that fewer people will use social media in the future. Even the people who create social media companies discourage their kids from using same.
Has anyone here quitted Twitter and how did/do you feel after that ? This social media is really full of negativity and makes me feel angry, sad or just seems to spoil my days most of the time...but I just can't stop using it because I also keep thinking it's "vital" in some way (for information from all around the world or just the few funny and positive tweets...)...
I have a Facebook account I haven't used in 2 weeks already. I don't have withdrawal, and I occasionally check in. Perhaps social media isn't the cause of the problem, but instead a symptom.
Btw- I don't have most other forms of social media. Facebook just happens to be a convenient way to share pictures and events among family and friends.
Well reasoned and good advice. FB is not there to help anyone improve their lives. Quite the opposite, it is a cash machine for a bunch of Silicon Valley brats. Linkedin is somewhat useful but becoming more and more like FB. You Tube is good entertainment where you chose what to see- no problem. Haven't gotten to all the others and don't intend to.
i remember being a big fan of aol chat. those people were bragging about what they had, how popular they were, etc but then, here they were in the chat rooms on Friday and Saturday nights not playing with the toys they said they had and not being popular
I don't have any social media accounts, except for Reddit. I still like reddit because it is anonymous, so it is not so geared towards vanity. Still some very good conversations being had there. (not all though) Haven't used Facecult in over 10 years.
i didnt need to quit as i never started . . i realised early on what it was doing to friends and family around me . . people dont live the moment anymore amd would rathrer care more on showing the world the moment . .
Fake book has destroyed our society. Help destroy my marriage, and is the worst mind polluting technology ever created. It’s designed to give women and weak men validation. It’s fantasy land and a self promotional billboard that leads to nowhere.
Linkeden is just a Network for people to show off their resumes. Everyone acts so fake on that network, flaunting off every little thing they did (even Volunteering, which you shouldn’t brag about!) it’s astonishing why so many jobs use it.
Valid points! However, there are forums and groups on facebook that actually can produce valuable and meaningful conversation, so it's much more about controlling your input than just quitting social media. We can either choose to take part in and learn to navigate in this new world or we can avoid it alltogether. If we stay vigilant and don't give in to the constant hum of anxiety and instant gratifications, it is possible to live with it and still be happy. You do have to realise that it is a conscious effort though, and you might get caught up several times, I have - but I wouldn't be without some of the connections I've found and kept through facebook.
I guess I’m not the social type of person on FB but most of my friends are. I only log in every once in a blue moon. YouTube now that’s different story, but at least here I can learn more from YouTube then Fake Book.
This is true.
My problem is that on Facebook I have many interesting and useful groups (trade for example, that in other websites there are not so many sellers). I must find a way to replace them with something more specific for each use.
That's so true nowadays every kids own a tablet or smartphone same for grown up people are so addicted I used to be one of them and I'm telling people this is the worst addiction ever, it took me a lot to get outta of this, now I'm free, I use my phone only when I need to other than that I watch movies anime listen to music, I'm free now and I'm so happy. People don't socialize anymore like the old days nowadays is everybody is on their phones seating together and not talking to each other just on their phones and it hurts me so much because I'm just invisible to them I wasn't next to them then afterwards sorry I'm just busy right yeah busy on social media that's it.
I took up Jimmy Kimmel on his challenge to unfriend much of my friend list on Facebook 6 years ago. And I took it one step further… I unfriended everybody.
But before I did that, I put out a notification that I just got engaged (I didn't get engaged and I didn't even have a girlfriend). It was amazing all of the worthless congratulations I got from all of these "friends" who didn't know a darn thing about me.
I haven't been on Facebook since 2012 and my income has gone up exponentially since then. Everything Doctor Cal is saying here is 100% true.
Shut it down then if it's tearing people's lives up as you say. I used to enjoy being connected with my friends now it's impossible to keep in touch with people because of the flip algorithm that abuses people using their insecurities 😟
Sorry if this has been covered previously:
Dr. Newport, I agree with you, but your second point falls short of supporting your argument. Point two was that people are afraid they won’t be able to get a job without social media and that, without an online brand, they will “disappear from the economy”. Your argument is that prowess on social media is not what the economy rewards. That’s not the point of the objection. Our society has evolved into one where the online presence has become a résumé. Recruiters in the 21st Century use LinkedIn to find qualified candidates to recommend to employers. In addition, I remember reading an article by an HR professional saying that being dark on social media doesn’t look good when applying for jobs. As more and more millennials and beyond take Human Resources positions, these beliefs and background-checking procedures will become more prevalent. It’s not the soft skill of being adept at social media that’s at issue. It’s being findable by recruiters and—and this is so regrettable, but it seems to be true—looking normal to people doing your online background check during a job application.
There may have been a day when a recruiter would have checked the hard-copy Who’s Who to find candidates, but those days are in the past. So, while I agree that social media hasn’t done society a lick of good, the second objection has merit, especially for industries relying heavily on recruiters. Anyone not available for the search engine, at least on LinkedIn, could be at a disadvantage. As a published author, Dr. Newport, you’ve likely avoided this. Your books are probably on your publishers’ SEO-enhanced websites. You can be found through the internet without LinkedIn. You’re fortunate.
I quit Facebook for 4 years and found myself back on it again September last year. I have no idea why on earth I was back on it again and then I stumbled across this Ted talk and decided yes what am I doing?! Delete, life reclaimed, thank you! You got me twice Facebook you'll never get me a third!
Brilliant. I was "terminated" from facebook 3 years ago at my own request. I don't miss it and it was the best decision I ever made. Social media encourages loneliness and thoughts of negativity and low self esteem. It confines you to your home and has no value whatsoever.
I'm about to quit social media bc it is so fake....an with how devided this country is making me so sick, an ppl are so dumbed down! Noone is AWAKE and there is so much knowledge on YouTube from ppl actually recording history on their cells that's REAL but ppl have no clue!!
I didn't need to read those articles about increased anxiety and depression to actually quit it and know it was not good for me, for the short amount of time that I had a social media accounts, I just FELT it. It is mostly a place for showoff, if you are the very average, quite and sensitive person, the energy is too overwhelming.
remember that little part social media played in the Arab Spring? I bring this up only as an example, since it's well known but before and since then it has also played a major role in developing situations in many other countries. how about different events organized on social media from expat forums to pages where you can ask a huge user data base if they feel like joining you for a bike tour on the weekend to charity events? Dr. Cal, you hit on one point, you have to treat your attention with respect, but don't blame your lack of focusing power on social media, that is not the root of the problem, the root of the problem is lack of discipline and that is not solved by removing one stimuli out of a billion these days. try the opposite approach, strengthen your focus, maybe try meditation?
Dear Mr Newport,
I share your opinion that people generally should use social media more mindfully, however to be honest I am a little disappointed as you as an academic don‘t provide any scientific data or statistics at all.
social media is a marketing tool but people do not go onto social media to see ads. it is hard for brands to measure how much revenue they are getting from social media. I spent hours uploading photos onto Instagram only to have 4/5 of the followers leaving next day because you do not follow them back...it takes one hour to watch a finance lecture, it takes one hour to learn 50 vocabulary from a foreign language...but it is really hard to measure how much brand recognition on social media when you spend one hour uploading photos
I will not remotely consider quitting social media until the death cult are destroyed.
That means YOU TEDx
I was doing social media when it was just Telnet at the library.
You say quit but here you are doing social media. Your hypocrisy knows no bounds.
While I agree with him, unfortunately social media in my life has become a necessity. No one has a social conversation over the phone anymore in my generation and we rarely exchange phone numbers for social reasons. Instead, it's all text messages through facebook messenger. Want an invite to a birthday party? If I didnt have facebook id probably be forgotten and left out since laziness and reliance on the media has prevented some people from thinking beyond the friend list to invite. As for my university study, the group communication occurs through a group chat inbox and group page where we upload work to each other.
Unless there came a day where everyone collectively abandoned social media, giving up social media personally would actually cause a greater hindrance to my life. The reason why it will never collectively be abandoned is because of this same vicious cycle so many of us are in.
"JUST DIRECT YOUR COMMENTS TOWARDS TWITTER?" Exactly! I don't believe he doesn't have any social media accounts he has a Twitter.. is that a better or a cleaner hit of dopamine or just made for intelects? He is simply selling his books and he is using the most of our time consuming, the largest & the most addictive social media platform in the World right here on not YourTube rather their Tube and their advertisers Tube!
I can't believe more people didn't catch his last comment in affect to a total contradiction to the message this Professor is conveying but Naina Seven caught it and so did I.
(Naina Seven "JUST DIRECT YOUR COMMENT ON TWITTER?" while u dont even use social media ?? What a great.. twist haaaa..)
It's been 3 days I'm not using social media : instagram, snapchat, facebook, pinterest.. and realized that I haven't took photos (selfie or some random pics) not a single one. It's because i used my photos just to get good compliments from my followers. Let's say i was seeking attention. I was comparing myself with that of others lifestyle.. Now that I've quited, i feel much me. The real me, enjoying my real life properly. Not to impress other but myself. I know it has just been 3 days but I know I'm not going onto that world anymore. The world of comparison, anxiety which is affecting our health and lifestyle. I use YouTube to know stuff. To know people's result of weight loss and get motivated. XD. Change is good you know. And i feel extremely happy with my decision.
the problem is not social media.. it is how one uses it. I agree it is dangerous and addicting, but many things in life are and we gotta learn to live with it. Many good things come from social media, for example, I met my boyfriend through facebook and we are till this day together... So in the end we need to find balance in all parts of our lives.
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правовые нормы. Он оценит все факты и сможет подготовить развернутую консультацию для вас. По этой причине адвокат является вашим сторонником в
разрешении возникших проблем. Вы сбережете свои средства, обратившись за телефонной консультацией.
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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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