Quit social media | Dr. Cal Newport | TEDxTysons

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‘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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  2. I have Deactivated fb, insta, twitter, helo, twitter, share chat accounts after reading DEEP WORK n watching Ted talks Videos

  3. The only plus point of social media is that one can connect with friends and relatives living across seas.
    I don't use social media. Just open once in a while to update by contact list so in case I need to connect someone I can. Otherwise social media is always out of my phone .

  4. 1) social consolidation
    Capitalism needs to consolidate people into large groups to engage in various social media platforms to have the media outlets sell our sound bites for profit.
    platforms have to be as addictive as possible in order to keep our attention and to circulate our inordinate amount of curriculated data to maximize profit. moreover, The Capitalist culture has to present social media as essential to our existence and technological relevancy in order to keep our attention on circulating data for profit.
    2) the second objection demonstrates how Capitalist culture fools us into thinking that we can be like the CEO, that we can be prospective entrepreneurs to begin with with these technologies. this ploy is to get us to keep circulating data to make profit. if we can build our imaginary entrepreneurial self, something Capitalism needs to do, then our imaginary brand is sold as profit. his analysis that markets needs rare and marketable products in order to be competitive is not in line with research on self-made millionaires. Those researchers tend to push people away from idea of rare products. To these pro- capitalist sources, products that are perceived to benefit the masses is what sells. The rare products are mostly for elites; and then, once they can be massively produced, their rarity decreases yet profit soars. Some research I read, simple and mass consuming products are best for excellent profit goals.
    3) it's important to note that fundemental technology does not make the technology profitable simply because it's fundemental. To my knowledge, multiple markets exist in Capitalism where various profit inducing schemes are produced to achieve maximum profit; where Capitalism is resistant to total collapse, it's because Capitalism requires plurality, so no one of their markets collapse, and profit is still there. Basically, social media doesn't have to be fundemental to be a brilliant profit scheme.
    4) Low professional success, fragmented attention span, impaired concentration, isolation, and mental health decline, which lead to reduced relevancy in the competitive market capitalism are symptoms of Capitalism. This speaker seems to think that successful people are needed to advance Capitalism; in reality, Capitalism just needs a few powerful in order to profit off of the unsuccessful masses. The success he looks for will not be found in Capitalism, given that Capitalism needs successful profit makers. Indeed, the success Capitalism looks for is profit makers not successful masses. I think the idea of professionalism is myth as well, given that technology is automating the blue and white collar world that make masses less relavent to begin with due to Capitalism's evolution.

  5. I use IG to follow only pages (not people) for entertainment and education. But I feel pity everytime I saw someone's account who extremely seeks for everyone's attention and validation knowing how possibly lonely they were deep inside.

    Anyways, thank you for mind-opening videos like this. I decided to delete my IG accounts now cause it never really give me satisfaction but rather insecurities and sadness.

  6. I have to admit I‘m on social media but only to look at memes, pictures of my friends and political stuff. I never understood why would you wanna share intimate moments with a bunch of strangers? To brag, to get attention or to get money out of it someday? I don’t understand. What’s the point of it. It just helps to make prejudice and to portray a faked life. Unless you’re are a secret agent I don’t get why you would do it..

  7. Social media is just advertising where these business moghuls are programming your brain into accepting some product which might or might not be physical.

  8. 'I wanted snapchat during middle school when I had a flip phone and I was embarrassed to pull it out, now I'm regretting the fact that I have a phone due to the fact that I don't get as much work done but yet comes with some pros. Like music, access to the internet to learn new things. I like Instagram due to the fact that my explore page is filled with what I want like soccer, construction, before and after pictures of beautiful projects and beautiful landscape.

  9. I'm the person, I only use whatsap on entire social media my age 21 since 2 year because I'm doing something special I'll achieve that once I reach 25 year

  10. I decided to quit Facebook and Twitter as starters today. I feel like it's the right thing to do because at this point I'm just… tired.

    Whoever's reading this, please wish me luck!

  11. YouTube is very helpfull it's depend on user if u want u learn lot of think on youTube almost every thing just decided where u want to be in ur life than no one will stop u but if u want 👍👍

  12. I get his points and all but that being said I do make a huge portion of my expendable profit on Facebook market place flipping cars and machinery.

  13. The reason why i quit social media was that people started looking fake to me, even people i previously knew were making an image of fakeness. To me, it looked like everyone was f**king hungry for attention. Now i use FB to message people if i don't have their number, insta is already useless, only whatsapp (which i check every 2-3 days).

  14. Actually, social media can be used for many good purposes. One can earn money, spend it, and lose it on social media . The real problem with social media starts when it starts to influence us or program us to do things out of our standards.Also when it changes our daily schedule and motivates us to do things out of our grasp, like buying luxury products out of advertisements and entering to unhealthy addictive tendencies.
    When actually one starts to see the difference between social interaction and social media and rise from being a consumer bot one can make use of social media to make productive changes in the society more efficiently than in any other method.And social media can make you rich and successful on the easiest forms on society afterall

  15. Someone said, "if you're using something for free then may be you are the product."
    Every social media companies are doing the same. They use users data as their product. They sell it and earn tons of money.

  16. All comments justifying that they won’t quit YouTube because it’s one form of “social media” need to stop worrying. Remember YouTube is a “search engine” packed with so much knowledge just like google but with videos. We wouldn’t get rid of google so don’t need to get rid of YouTube. YouTube is where we learn and self invest with deeper knowledge 😊

  17. Is LinkedIn considered as Social media? Professional networking medium. Wondering if the speaker has LinkedIn account or website.

  18. In my profession as an esthetician and makeup artist, it is very common that companies and potential employers will hire you more likely based on the fact that you have a social media account and following. I don't know how good that is but it is just a fact.

  19. Best decision I've ever made this 2020. I only use YouTube, Reddit, Quora and Pinterest today. I started to read books and webtoons, watch films, and journal. And guess what? No one asked me what happened to me or what 😅

  20. I quited using social media , I started loosing my weight and lost more than 15 kg weight in just 45 days..
    Now I m building 6 pack abs

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