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Quit social media | Dr. Cal Newport | TEDxTysons

Translator: Peter van de Ven
Reviewer: Denise RQ You probably don’t realize that right now, you’re actually
looking at something quite rare. Because I am a millennial
computer scientist book author standing on a TEDx stage, and yet, I’ve never had
a social media account. How this happened
was actually somewhat random. Social media first came onto my radar
when I was at college, my sophomore year of college, this is when Facebook
arrived at our campus. And at the time, which was
right after the first dotcom bust, I had had a dorm room business,
I’d had to shut it down in the bust, and then, suddenly, this other kid
from Harvard, named Mark, had this product called Facebook
and people being excited about it. So in sort of a fit of somewhat
immature professional jealousy, I said, “I’m not going to use this thing. I won’t help this kid’s business;
whatever’s going to amount to.” As I go along my life,
I look up not long later, and I see everyone I know
is hooked on this thing. And from the clarity you can get when you have some objectivity,
some perspective on it, I realized this seems
a little bit dangerous. So I never signed up. I’ve never had
a social media account since. So I’m here for two reasons;
I want to deliver two messages. The first message I want to deliver is that even though I’ve never had
a social media account, I’m OK, you don’t have to worry. It turns out I still have friends, I still know what’s going on in the world; as a computer scientist I still collaborate with people
all around the world, I’m still regularly exposed
serendipitously to interesting ideas, and I rarely describe myself
as lacking entertainment options. So I’ve been OK,
but I’d go even farther and say not only I am OK without social media
but I think I’m actually better off. I think I’m happier, I think I find
more sustainability in my life, and I think I’ve been
more successful professionally because I don’t use social media. So my second goal here on stage is try to convince more of you
to believe the same thing. Let’s see if I could actually
convince more of you that you too would be better off
if you quit social media. So, if the theme of this TEDx event
is “Future Tense,” I guess, in other words,
this would be my vision of the future, would be one in which fewer people
actually use social media. That’s a big claim,
I think I need to back it up. So I thought, what I would do is take the three most
common objections I hear when I suggest to people
that they quit social media, and then for each of these objections,
I’ll try to defuse the hype and see if I can actually
push in some more reality. This is the first
most common objection I hear. That’s not a hermit, that’s actually a hipster web developer
down from 8th Street; I’m not sure. Hipster or hermit?
Sometimes it’s hard to tell. This first objection goes as follows, “Cal, social media is one
of the fundamental technologies of the 21st century. To reject social media would be
an act of extreme [bloodism]. It would be like riding to work
on a horse or using a rotary phone. I can’t take
such a big stance in my life.” My reaction to that objection
is I think that is nonsense. Social media is not
a fundamental technology. It leverages
some fundamental technologies, but it’s better understood as this. Which is to say,
it’s a source of entertainment, it’s an entertainment product. The way that technologist
Jaron Lanier puts it is that these companies
offer you shiny treats in exchange for minutes of your attention
and bites of your personal data, which can then be packaged up and sold. So to say that you don’t use social media
should not be a large social stance, it’s just rejecting one form
of entertainment for others. There should be no more
controversial than saying, “I don’t like newspapers,
I like to get my news from magazines,” or “I prefer to watch cable series,
as opposed to network television series.” It’s not a major political
or social stance to say you don’t use this product. My use of the slot machine image
up here also is not accidental because if you look a little bit closer
at these technologies, it’s not just that they’re
a source of entertainment but they’re a somewhat
unsavory source of entertainment. We now know that many
of the major social media companies hire individuals
called attention engineers, who borrow principles
from Las Vegas casino gambling, among other places, to try to make these products
as addictive as possible. That is the desired
use case of these products: is that you use it in an addictive fashion
because that maximizes the profit that can be extracted
from your attention and data. So it’s not a fundamental technology, it’s just a source of entertainment,
one among many, and it’s somewhat unsavory
if you look a little bit closer. Here’s the second common objection I hear when I suggest that people
quit social media. The objection goes as follows, “Cal, I can’t quit social media because it is vital to my success
in the 21st century economy. If I do not have a well-cultivated
social media brand, people won’t know who I am,
people won’t be able to find me, opportunities won’t come my way, and I will effectively
disappear from the economy.” Again my reaction is once again: this objection also is nonsense. I recently published this book that draws on multiple
different strands of evidence to make the point that,
in a competitive 21st century economy, what the market values is the ability to produce things
that are rare and are valuable. If you produce something
that’s rare and valuable, the market will value that. What the market dismisses,
for the most part, are activities that are easy to replicate
and produce a small amount of value. Well, social media use is the epitome of an easy to replicate activity
that doesn’t produce a lot of value; it’s something that any six-year-old
with a smartphone can do. By definition, the market is not going to give
a lot of value to those behaviors. It’s instead going to reward
the deep, concentrated work required to build real skills and to apply
those skills to produce things – like a craftsman – that are rare and that are valuable. To put it another way:
if you can write an elegant algorithm, if you can write a legal brief
that can change a case, if you can write a thousand words of prose that’s going to fixate
a reader right to the end; if you can look at a sea of ambiguous data and apply statistics,
and pull out insights that could transform a business strategy, if you can do these type of activities
which require deep work, that produce outcomes
that are rare and valuable, people will find you. You will be able to write your own ticket, and build the foundation of a meaningful
and successful professional life, regardless of how many
Instagram followers you have. This is the third comment objection I hear when I suggest to people
that they quit social media; in some sense, I think it might be
one of the most important. This objection goes as follows, “Cal, maybe I agree, maybe you’re right;
it’s not a fundamental technology. Maybe using social media is not
at the core of my professional success. But, you know what? It’s harmless, I have some fun on it
– weird: Twitter’s funny – I don’t even use it that much,
I’m a first adopter, it’s kind of interesting to try it out, and maybe I might miss out
something if I don’t use it. What’s the harm?” Again, I look back and I say:
this objection also is nonsense. In this case, what it misses is
what I think is a very important reality that we need to talk about more frankly, which is that social media brings with it multiple, well-documented,
and significant harms. We actually have to confront
these harms head-on when trying to make decisions about whether or not
we embrace this technology and let it into our lives. One of these harms
that we know this technology brings has to do with your professional success. I just argued before
that the ability to focus intensely, to produce things
that are rare and valuable, to hone skills the market place value on, that this is
what will matter in our economy. But right before that, I argued that social media tools
are designed to be addictive. The actual designed
desired-use case of these tools is that you fragment your attention
as much as possible throughout your waking hours; that’s how these tools
are designed to use. We have a growing amount
of research which tells us that if you spend
large portions of your day in a state of fragmented attention – large portions of your day,
breaking up your attention, to take a quick glance, to just check,
– “Let me quickly look at Instagram” – that this can permanently reduce
your capacity for concentration. In other words, you could
permanently reduce your capacity to do exactly the type of deep effort that we’re finding to be
more and more necessary in an increasingly competitive economy. So social media use is not harmless, it can actually have
a significant negative impact on your ability to thrive in the economy. I’m especially worried about this
when we look at the younger generation, which is the most saturated
in this technology. If you lose your ability
to sustain concentration, you’re going to become less and less
relevant to this economy. There’s also psychological harms
that are well documented that social media brings,
that we do need to address. We know from the research literature
that the more you use social media, the more likely you are
to feel lonely or isolated. We know that the constant exposure to your friends carefully curated,
positive portrayals of their life can leave you to feel inadequate,
and can increase rates of depression. And something I think we’re going to be
hearing more about in the near future is that there’s a fundamental mismatch between the way our brains are wired and this behavior
of exposing yourself to stimuli with intermittent rewards
throughout all of your waking hours. It’s one thing to spend a couple of hours
at a slot machine in Las Vegas, but if you bring one with you,
and you pull that handle all day long, from when you wake up to when you go
to bed: we’re not wired from it. It short-circuits the brain, and we’re starting to find
it has actual cognitive consequences, one of them being this sort of
pervasive background hum of anxiety. The canary in the coal mine for this issue
is actually college campuses. If you talk to mental health experts
on college campuses, they’ll tell you that along with the rise
of ubiquitous smartphone use and social media use
among the students on the campus, came an explosion of anxiety-related
disorders on those campuses. That’s the canary in the coal mine. This type of behavior
is a mismatch for our brain wiring and can make you feel miserable. So there’s real cost to social media use; which means when you’re trying to decide,
“Should I use this or not?”, saying it’s harmless is not enough. You actually have to identify
a significantly positive, clear benefit that can outweigh these potential,
completely non-trivial harms. People often ask, “OK, but what is life like
without social media?” That can actually be
a little bit scary to think about. According to people
who went through this process, there can be a few difficult weeks. It actually is like a true detox process. The first two weeks can be uncomfortable: you feel a little bit anxious,
you feel like you’re missing a limb. But after that, things settle down, and actually, life after social media
can be quite positive. There’s two things I can report back
from the world of no social media use. First, it can be quite productive. I’m a professor at a research institution,
I’ve written five books, I rarely work past 5 pm on a weekday. Part of the way I’m trying
to able to pull that off is because it turns out,
if you treat your attention with respect, – so you don’t fragment it;
you allow it to stay whole, you preserve your concentration – when it comes time to work you can do one thing after another,
and do it with intensity, and intensity can be traded for time. It’s surprising how much
you can get done in a eight-hour day if you’re able to give each thing
intense concentration after another. Something else I can report back
from life without social media is that outside of work,
things can be quite peaceful. I often joke I’d be very comfortable
being a 1930s farmer, because if you look at my leisure time, I read the newspaper
while the sun comes up; I listen to baseball on the radio; I honest-to-god sit in a leather chair and read hardcover books at night
after my kids go to bed. It sounds old-fashioned,
but they were onto something back then. It’s actually a restorative, peaceful way
to actually spend your time out of work. You don’t have
the constant hum of stimuli, and the background hum of anxiety
that comes along with that. So life without social media
is really not so bad. If you pull together these threads,
you see my full argument that not everyone, but certainly
much more people than right now, much more people
should not be using social media. That’s because we can first, to summarize, discard with the main concerns that it’s a fundamental
technology you have to use. Nonsense: it’s a slot machine
in your phone. We can discard with this notion
that you won’t get a job without it. Nonsense: anything a six-year-old
with a smartphone can do is not going to be
what the market rewards. And then I emphasized the point
that there’s real harms with it. So it’s not just harmless. You really would have to have
a significant benefit before you would say
this trade-off is worth it. Finally I noted,
that life without social media: there’s real positives associated with it. So I’m hoping that when many of you
actually go through this same calculus, you’ll at least consider
the perspective I’m making right now, which is: many more people
would be much better off if they didn’t use this technology. Some of you might disagree, some of you might have scathing
but accurate critiques of me and my points, and of course, I welcome
all negative feedback. I just ask that you direct
your comments towards Twitter. Thank you. (Applause)


  • narcissist selfish

    Trying to hate social media like Facebook and instagram..i think social media killed my all time and made me a fake person..also it changed my thinking towards negativity..i just hate chatting,posting pictures, posting about viral topic,following people life,who cares ?i am happy its enough .i love myself that's why i don't use social media ..but i think YouTube is much better to increase knowledge but it should be used for limited time. like 30-40 munites in a day..try to love people around u .try to behave well with everyone. Spreads positivity..keep traveling. love from Bangladesh ❤

  • jessica Leigh

    I quit facebook last night after seeing people laughing at videos of animal abuse, it's toxic, full of toxic negative people

  • Rosecity Chris

    I had social media since back when Myspace was huge. I quit them all a year ago and my entire life and world view has improved ten fold.

  • Narilyn Baylon

    If you’re being controlled by social media then you’re weak and you should get out of it. If you’re using it to boost your ego then you’re definitely the weakest link. Social media is great in my opinion because guess what I can spread positive and valuable information. And I don’t after for any likes or dislikes whatsoever! You’re not on social media to attract attention, you should be in social media to share helpful information.

  • Encryption 1.0

    The only social media I ever had was my space and I found it to be annoying. For those younger Generations Myspace was the original Facebook. Since then I never had a Facebook account a Twitter account or any of these other social media accounts. I do use YouTube or research not entertainment

  • brokenupsound

    This guy is the most balanced/healthy ted talker I’ve heard. I think the amount of dislikes and negative comments is hilarious!

  • ??

    I'm doing a three week break from a forum I'm on simply because it's become fighting like babies every three days. Not by me but the same 5 or 6 people. See how I feel after it.

  • HighHeartWellness

    7:30 Cal mentions: "social media brings with it multiple, well-documented significant harms" – I think people are finally coming around to acknowledging this as true

  • Perou

    You know for years I always used to be in a hurry and I felt that my life was stressful. Almost every day I failed to complete some tasks that I wanted to finish because I ran out of time, usually going to bed tired at midnight or 1 am. Last year I moved to a new appartment and I had to wait for 2 weeks to get an internet connection because the operator had to install it first. Those were the best 2 weeks I had in years! I began being very concetrated at work, was never in a hurry, still socialized with friends and by 8 pm I've done all the tasks that I set for the day. Basically at 8pm I felt free as a bird and didn't even know what to do with so much free time (such a great and refreshing feeling btw).
    Nowdays I use much less social media or internet in general because that taught me a lesson. When using social media or when you watch too much stuff on the internet you end up not noticing how much time you're losing on a daily basis and don't even realise how life just runs past you. Embrace life & the time you have!

  • Artemisa Cyn

    About 7 years ago I had Facebook, later instagram etc. I suffered depression and anxiety I sped a lot time checking my cellphone and I barely paid attention to my little son. I used to compared my self to the perfect and gorgeous ladies who posted their wonderful bodies and i felt miserable. 6 years ago I deleted all my accounts and I can honestly say I don’t need or miss them at all. When people find out they freak out and say I live in the cave age I don’t care I just know I live happier , I play with my kids and anxiety and depression are gone.

  • SaithMasu12

    Today i went to my favorite pizza hut.
    I kid you not, but i was the only one not using a smart phone, because i dont have one.
    Ive seen couples sitting next to each other that spend their time each on their phone.
    People that are alone use it, to avoid akwardness.
    My god, what happens on this planet. This is insane.

  • Nemi Bhattarai

    I dont have fb, ig. However, youtube is more dangerous. I start watching a motivational video and end up at ants fighting… Is there anyway to quit youtube addiction as well?

  • Sophia Parco

    i deleted Facebook today. Hope I can have it deleted until end of the year. I'll also do it on my Instagram & Snapchat.

  • Erny

    It's not a social media problem, its self control. This is blaming the tool instead of yourself. Having self control is real power.

  • Nikki Avorque

    I have an 80 years old grandmother and one of our relative wanted her to have her own social media account and I said "no she's already happy with her life"… social media is toxic

  • David Wood

    I never would have seen this video if it weren't for social media. The people who most need to take a break from it are the average person who sees themselves as a news organization but are just armchair political analysts. My point is..
    What was I saying?
    I lost concentration.

  • Jeremy Anderson

    Look, social media isn't the problem. It's a ray from heaven shining an glaring spotlight on our dysfunction and incorrect assumptions about how the world works. We thought we lived in a world with crazies before 2000, but now we know that there are far more of them than anyone but the delusional paranoids ever considered.
    Really, it is the human suggestibility that makes social media such a problem
    Well that and the unskeptical surety which seems to be the state we are all seeking and which doesn't seem to require much critical thought to attain.

  • Vance Biondo

    Question if the smart minds of today built the towers knew the waves could be munipu lo ated inew cells created . Ration I'm sure knew it would cause a microwave effect

  • Vance Biondo

    Then why are they continuing to make the 5 6 g . Make more towers tockets still go to the SATILITES what are on them? . And why are they continuing to further this.. WEAPONIZATION OF THE ATMOSPHER

  • Vance Biondo

    0eople Youtubers gamers are hid within the new world plan to eliminated scope out the ones they dont want. And eliminate under gaming and comedy and animation to hide the true motive TO ELIMINATE POPULATION

  • Josh Lewis

    I think about this a lot differently.

    Social media is either a tool or a weapon. A screwdriver can be useful or dangerous. The only thing bad about it is how you choose to use it.

    Could it be possible it’s not the tool that needs changing but you?

    That’s a lot harder question to answer about ourselves. So instead we blame the tool.

    Work on yourself daily and then see if it’s social media or not.

  • Daniel Vincent morrell

    I dumped them all and feel much better. I did have to start a Facebook business page (sunshine natural growers) but other than that, I dont really get on

  • daverobertocarlos

    Surely you have to have a social media account at some point to know if it is best to use it or not… hardly a fair scientific test and therefore a poor argument 🤷‍♂️

  • Ankhi Soorma

    Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Whatsapp are just nuisance and full of trolls, abusive propaganda, fake posts, attention seekers and fake sense of interaction or validation. Tools of spying and harassment.

  • Gary Touthang

    There is a limit to everything. If you always use social media then of course there is side effect. The key is self control and accountability and the sad thing is no one can self control at most times . Few do .

  • metfan16

    Quitting Facebook was the best thing I did for my own sanity. I am sure I am not the only one who's had to face weekly status updates of my ex girlfriend with her new boyfriend. Became a toxic obsession. And ultimately lead to a voluntary source of depression. At the same time, it was so obvious that her activity was simply to ensure I saw how great her life was now. But in reality, I think everyone knows what you see on Facebook is not someone's true self…. It is simply a playground to increase their self worth & low selfesteem. Sad, really.

  • César Zamora

    Well, in overall I agree, but in regards to the economics aspect: even if you have something original and innovative to sell, sometimes isn't enough; social networks are one of the best ways to get some hype. Besides, there are tons of events that are only promoted and advertised on Facebook, I mean, don't get me wrong, I deleted Instagram after watching the video, but just saying..

  • Sony Djuana

    I used pinterest to update the current design trend. It is part of my working habits. The same with Twitter, as a source of daily news. I no longer active in Facebook since 2011. Keep the account just to be in contact with my daughter. You see, everything will works better for you if you have control over it. Use it to your own benefits.

  • Matar Alshamsi

    Social media is a drug if you don't control it's consumption it will destroy you.

    Majority of the people now uses social media platforms day in and day out ( lets refer social media as SM ), big portion of those users are addicted to SM, they spend hours of their day on insta snapchat etc. Without noticing themselves, hours just viewing other people lives most likely they seem happier and have a better life than the viewer ( remember fun and happy people on social media are not that happy in reality ).

    This constant evolution in SM platforms through the last two decades is the scariest thing in my life. Trying to speak to someone that just scrolling down through insta feed is just hard, they are just not here with you their mind is somewhere else sometimes i feel like speaking with a wall of bricks. Stop talking to people as they hold their phones to check what ever notification that comes on their phones cause they are just not here with you.

    Lately I have been observing my surrounding seeing what is needed be seen I see people have their head shoved inside smartphones screens. If you speak to them they would say "nah we are not addicted we are just passing time".

    The worst part is been judge on how good your relationship with someone a friend or whatever by the amount of interaction on SM with that individual, its like SM is a type of measurement nowadays. If you don't interact with them it means that you don't care and hold value for them. It hurts to see people think this way because how someone can be so fooled by those SM platforms, its not who I am it doesn't represent me or my thoughts why i'm been measured by those things. Before been a social media free I implemented this,

    I never give my phone more than 5 minutes at a time and use it as less as possible, every time holding it, set 5 minutes check everything view some things text back and leave it.

    After that I went on to check my daily consumption it was around 3~4 hours a day, after that i went on and signed off insta and snapchat, and muted every single group chat in my phone.

    By doing this my consumption of smart phone dropped to 1 hour a day only and having to hold it for work, private business, family and close friends only.

    It was such a relief from this unwanted consumption of things that i forget as soon as I saw mostly those things mean nothing, yeah some things will be remembered but lest face it, how many things are useful for your life goals that you causally find in SM? You can do much better with online search rather than searching on those platforms.

    A common practice in business is when a thing is doing more bad than good then just dump it, its not worth the lost on the long run.
    That is what I did dumping this whole world of SM behind me.

    All this concentration all this focus is now streamed to better things to finding purpose in life to find what really matters other than what does not. You will be surprised on how much you can accomplish in life when you are free from this never ending drug. Never let those shackles weight you down just break them and be free.

    Sorry for my scattered thoughts, but bottom line.
    Just quit SM platforms its not worth it or minimize the consumption of it…


    I can't describe the feeling but everyone thinks he/she is addicted to such a thing should at least try it for 2 weeks at least.

  • kosmique

    everything this guy says is true and people need to understand the video gaming industry has taken this to insane heights that should be deemed criminal. the predatory psychological manipulation and exploiting that is going on is absolute madness and most people are blind to all this happening. it is truly insane what these big business are doing and there is absolutely not a speck of morale.

  • eli Alvarez

    I use YouTube because what I’m subscribed too actually teaches me things but I got rid of Facebook and Instagram years ago life is much simpler now 🙏🏻

  • Walter Bryan

    Very interesting. His points are well-explained and backed up with valid research.
    Personally, I have never had a Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. I had a Flickr account, but deleted it after 3 or so years.
    I'm not saying I am better than people who have social media. It's sad to me see people sit down in a chair for 3 seconds and immediately pull out their phone and scroll through mindless things, hoping to find one thing they'll look at for 2 seconds before double-tapping it "like" it, then moving on to play the lottery again, hoping to find another post to "like." They are trying to "stay informed" so they don't "miss something."
    What are we living for, people? To give a "like" and receive a "like?" How boring and exhausting a life like that.

  • Hello Jamesy

    The irony that social media had made people less social. I quit Facebook yesterday. Never had Instagram but gonna keep Twitter and Youtube.

  • Annie Martin

    I found my life was just overall more peaceful after permanently quitting FB, Insta, and Snapchat. I didn’t have this constant fake stream of comparisons to my life flooding my mind and that felt like such a weight off of my shoulders. I can understand how social media is helpful for free marketing within business which I don’t have anyway, but for personal use I prefer life without it for sure.

  • Jason Morton

    My goal in life is real friends in the real world come back to reality call a love one or tell them u love them to there face.

  • projectNERV

    I think it’s fine if you have a social media account for business matters ONLY but to constantly show your personal life on a weekly basis or entertainment purposes is absolutely unhealthy, Narcissistic, and makes you far more Insecure. Instagram in particular is deadly.

  • D

    I just deleted Snapchat, Discord, Instagram, and Facebook after my decision that I made yesterday… Aiming until November to re-download them.

    Hopefully I can change my life in some way.

  • Adel A

    I spent more than three weeks on holiday without FB. I didn't miss it one bit.

    I installed Instagram for one day then I deleted my account. My son had warned not to create an account, it would be wasting my life. He was right.
    He's right. These companies want us to think that if you want to be part of this new world, you have to chat, share, comment… What a big marketing lie!

  • JamKrisPOP

    The only reason I don't get rid of Facebook is because I have foreign friends whose only way to keep in touch with me is through messenger.

  • Christopher Aakre

    SOCIAL MEDIA: Volunteer all your personal information and they give you a sense of connection. I did find many people that I had lost contact with. IN fact I never met with any of them. We texted back and forth however no conversation had any real future value. Fact is: Communication is mostly body language. Thats a known fact right? I think the best question you could ask yourself before you throw trust to the media is: Why would they care about me? ONE REASON ONLY: They can make a money from me.
    I'm off FB and LI. It took about six months to where I don't think about it. What have I lost? About 2100 friends of which 221 I actually had life experience with. Of those I have seen 12 in the last decade. All this is not really important. What I think is important is how much is time is lost to distraction. The time you have in front of people right in front of you and the quality of that relationship.

  • Guilherme Oliveira

    I’ve permanently deleted my instagram account years ago, haven’t used Facebook for years, only used it a couple months in 2018 for political purposes. I still have the account but it’s disactivated. I hardly ever login in into Twitter also. AAAAND… I’m completely better off without it!!!!

  • Rodrigo Cortez

    I've quit Facebook and Instagram around 2 months ago. And it's been the best thing, I can concentrate on myself it's really been a lot more productive. I have to say tho, that there's a disadvantage on the side of events and what's going on party wise. Most of the people and bars spread their news though Facebook and Instagram and that part has been the hardest

  • I Control My Fate

    The only social media i use is youtube, but i can confirm, that giving up facebook was one of the best things I could have done for my self esteem and confidence. I felt inadequate because i didnt have many friends, and it would sting when someone i thought liked me unfriended me. Now Im free of all that.

  • Brandon Vecchio

    I think the key is moderation. I keep Twitter, not going on except to check messages, Snapchat and messenger to keep open channels of communication. YouTube is like google to me in some ways so I’ll never give that up

  • Jennifer Devlin

    I joined a social media platform around 9 years ago and I feel that it is not worth my time. In total agreement with the gentleman about all forms of social media.

  • Sunil Kumar

    Sir I deleted my Facebook Instagram accounts after watching this video. I am going to read all your books. Thank you for making a difference.😊

  • concept1027

    Good stuff overall.. but I think he misinterpreted use of social media for career advancement. It’s useful as a way to stay present and present work, not literally as a tool implemented as part of your work abilities. Artists- for instance- get commissions directly via social media. They get featured by curation accounts and go on to develop a fan base which leads to clout/jobs/etc. this comes up for many careers.

  • Dominik Szewior

    Social media are not "good or bad". For some they are just the toys. For others – tools. It all boils down to YOU. If you drink a glass of wine from time to time there's nothing wrong with that. If you get wasted every day – you have a problem. The problem is in YOU looking inside the bottle too often – not in the content of that bottle.

  • Sophie Clinnick

    I’ve quit Facebook – not looking back. Best decision ever. Instagram and YouTube is harder. I justify YouTube because I use it to learn though.

  • cyrine tekaya

    I quit social media because it affects my mental health and body image . it also caused a lot of anxiety , I was obsessed with how many followers I have and how many likes I have and if I don't reach a certain rate then I start to think that I'm not worth the validation because I don't fit the certain image of what is always shown . so it's either no social media account or zero followers and likes .

  • Fala Crow

    Just a note my comment is a general statement it’s not strictly regarding statements made in the video.

    I strongly disagree with quitting social media. That would cause more problems than good in my opinion. I also disagree with a lot of people’s negativity towards social media. Reality is social media is more good than bad. The ability to concentrate has been a problem long before social media. I also challenge the idea that humans aren’t made for the level connection that social media provides. Humans can more than handle what social media brings. The problem with a lot of people is not taking the time to learn how to regulate or adjust to new ways. We lead with fear of these new things than tackling the issue, and mastering it.

    If you choose to quit social media and feel things have gotten better, by all means good for you. But things got better for me with social media and self discipline than it did without. I would rather adjust to the new way and find balance in that way than blaming social media or demonising it when it’s not the problem. The problem lies with lack of self discipline in people. Learn to regulate yourself, learn to monitor where you spending your time online, learn to avoid certain groups and pages online. Also, don’t use your social media pages when you aren’t supposed to be using them. I don’t get why that’s a problem. I’ve been in meetings at work and have used my phone without going to any social media pages during the meeting. If that is hard for you, that sounds like a self discipline issue not social media. I would also suggest turning off you notifications for your social media apps and only check messages when you have the right time. Once I started doing these things, I realised that there is a lot positivity going on online and my self discipline improved. I also find that I was more distracted by the things outside of social media than social media. Television for example is more distracting than social media. While not scientific, I tested myself. I went without social media for a week, and not much of anything changed except I got a little bored. I went without television for the same amount of time and my mind cleared up, my emotions balanced out, and my concentration improved. I felt great. So, even in limited social media, I weeded out social media as the problem.

    I would also challenge that reading books is better, actually there as many cons with books as well. Due to there not being much censorship, a lot of the reading material being put out there for centuries are riddled with false and harmful information that has lead to issues with a lot of people’s life choices and mental health. They have stirred up anxiety, ego problems, etc… For this reason, it’s the person’s responsibility to regulate. Learn what to read and learn what to stay away from. The same applies to social media, I stay away from certain things online and I also avoid picking my phones at times.

    One thing I don’t have problems with at work is focusing on my work. As a musician, when you’re in the studio you need to be present and get your job done. I rarely touch my phone in the studio unless I’m checking the time. And most musicians I work with rarely use their phones too. Typically my hours range from 5-12 hours sessions. We are too busy working.

    Conclusion, quitting social media isn’t the solution nor a good one. Social is more good than bad. Human ego and fear hasn’t changed since social media. If anything these problems were exposed more greatly by social media. Which means we to fix what has been wrong for a long time. So, it is better to find balance with it than running from it. If for whatever reason certain people just can’t handle it, then they should quit, but most people benefit more from it than suffer any bad.

  • Gina Stumpf

    I've put my Facebook on deletion mode. Yesterday, I had put my Snapchat on deletion and I had removed my Instagram app. The urges that you had described with the withdrawals, are 100% true. The only problem for me would be is that I always feel like, I am missing out on a lot of things and events.

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