Quit social media | Dr. Cal Newport | TEDxTysons

  • Published: 19 September 2016
  • '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.

    This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at ted.com/tedx

Comments • 9 094

  • Steve Smith
    Steve Smith  4 часа назад

    Social media....the new smoking?? Surgeon Generals warning required in 15 years?

    • Ghada Project Admn Mgr
      Ghada Project Admn Mgr  7 часов назад

      This is why I quit face book and Instagram

      • Estefany Rios
        Estefany Rios  8 часов назад

        I didn't use social media since last week! I'm ok!

        • Encryption 1.0
          Encryption 1.0  14 часов назад

          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 RUclip or research not entertainment

          • Narilyn Baylon
            Narilyn Baylon  День назад

            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.

            • justanotherday 93
              justanotherday 93  День назад

              The president needs to get off social media.

              • Eng Mohamed Abdisalam
                Eng Mohamed Abdisalam  2 дня назад

                We can use youtube 2 days of week, but we should quit other social media. That's good thing.

                • αnαs αbø møhmαd
                  αnαs αbø møhmαd  2 дня назад

                  رائع رائع

                  • Costeno Salao
                    Costeno Salao  2 дня назад

                    Facebook brought me here.

                    • Nour Al mousa
                      Nour Al mousa  4 дня назад

                      الترجمة للعربية سيئة

                      • Rosecity Chris
                        Rosecity Chris  4 дня назад

                        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.

                        • Compass Amour
                          Compass Amour  4 дня назад

                          Does that include RUclip?

                          • jessica Leigh
                            jessica Leigh  4 дня назад

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

                            • Vanessa ButtuhFly
                              Vanessa ButtuhFly  5 дней назад

                              I am a Gen-X'er who has no social media!!!! Yyyeeeaaaaah me🤟🏿🤣

                              • narcissist selfish
                                narcissist selfish  6 дней назад

                                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 RUclip 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 ❤

                                • Sasa Livancic
                                  Sasa Livancic  6 дней назад

                                  Best thing I have done in the past while. No more fake book and manufactured facades of perfection.

                                  • Rudi
                                    Rudi  6 дней назад

                                    -Doesnt use social media -Knows the baby meme

                                    • Will Flint
                                      Will Flint  6 дней назад

                                      I will be honest with everyone who cares to listen: Leaving social media has been absolutely the best situation for me. I have more time to be more productive, I am have an ease of mind, and it is much easier to fall asleep. The dynamics of social media - today, is so distracting and sometimes a waste of time. For the women who meet a guy without Social Media - go in with the idea that this man is completely focused on his goals or rather spend his time in the moment instead of broadcasting their moments. Leaving social media has made me so much money, improved my vitality, and I do not have to fall for thrust traps or spend my attention to someone's post.

                                      • MJ Pena
                                        MJ Pena  7 дней назад

                                        RUclip is live

                                        • Werberelevante Zielgruppe
                                          Werberelevante Zielgruppe  7 дней назад

                                          That end joke surprised me. In a good way though!

                                          • ingrid R
                                            ingrid R  7 дней назад

                                            I don't consider RUclip a social media therefore I'm keeping it. I learn a lot from it.

                                            • Nicole Wolfinger
                                              Nicole Wolfinger  7 дней назад

                                              I deleted my FB app off my phone but did not deleted the account. I do not use the auto log in features. I have to pull up a browser, type in my password and be more mindful in using social media. The only social media I use is FB. I have so many photos on there that I'm afraid to lose and friends in different states I wouldn't otherwise have contact with. I understand these are basically excuses. I've read books like 'How to Break up With Your Phone' and "The Craving Mind" which explain the slot machine and addictive qualities of social media (which RUclip is a part of) but still haven't been able to bring myself to delete FB all together. Also, the amount of data they have collected on me must be ridiculous! How would one go about retreving all your data and photos before deleting a FB account?

                                              • James Poteet II
                                                James Poteet II  7 дней назад

                                                I only became aware of this video from a Facebook post. Despite the fact that I regularly search RUclip for Ted talks and similar content. I wouldn't know this video existed except for social media.

                                                • stephen bouchelle
                                                  stephen bouchelle  7 дней назад

                                                  Both my daughters (30 & 26) gave up social media - with no particular encouragement from me. 30 has since successfully kept to her goal of reading a book a week. 26 has become a dedicated gourmet cook and baker. I only use RUclip. I love it, but it has short circuited my attention span significantly. I find it harder to read for sustained periods of time without reaching for the iPad.

                                                  • Tanndo Baloyi
                                                    Tanndo Baloyi  7 дней назад

                                                    this is just a guy telling us how much better his life is than ours

                                                    • Tanndo Baloyi
                                                      Tanndo Baloyi  7 дней назад

                                                      hey i read this guy's book

                                                      • Kath Llame
                                                        Kath Llame  8 дней назад

                                                        Does it count as quitting if I only remove the app on my phone?

                                                        • MARTWELLS
                                                          MARTWELLS  9 дней назад


                                                          • Sneaky Serpent
                                                            Sneaky Serpent  9 дней назад

                                                            Should I quit Reddit guys?

                                                            • KidA Crimson
                                                              KidA Crimson  9 дней назад

                                                              Reading his book "Deep Work" now. It's fantastic. You don't have to 100% quit social media, you just need to have _control_ over it and minimize it in your life! (per advise in his book)

                                                              • Randy H
                                                                Randy H  10 дней назад

                                                                You know there’s going to come a day where he is going to have a social media account of some form, whether he likes it or not.

                                                                • shogunro tolu
                                                                  shogunro tolu  9 дней назад

                                                                  Randy H hahaha

                                                                  • FINAL DAY PRODUCTION
                                                                    FINAL DAY PRODUCTION  10 дней назад

                                                                    I watch this on RUclip

                                                                    • bmaw
                                                                      bmaw  10 дней назад

                                                                      I think we live in an extreme narcissistic time.

                                                                      • Walter White
                                                                        Walter White  10 дней назад

                                                                        Social media is great for society

                                                                        • proxactual
                                                                          proxactual  11 дней назад

                                                                          i dont think this stance against social media is applicable to the majority who use social media....

                                                                          • Anastasija J
                                                                            Anastasija J  11 дней назад

                                                                            I quit facebook & instagram. The only two apps I’m using are Pinterest and RUclip if that’s considered social media and they’re honestly the best !

                                                                            • Renato
                                                                              Renato  6 дней назад


                                                                              • trian rozario
                                                                                trian rozario  12 дней назад

                                                                                I wish you would come to srilanka and give a lecture of this nature to school students!!

                                                                                • navroop sandhu
                                                                                  navroop sandhu  12 дней назад

                                                                                  Nice one

                                                                                  • Tim Mobley
                                                                                    Tim Mobley  12 дней назад

                                                                                    Lots of answers when you’re a 14 on a 10 scale.

                                                                                    • nat81
                                                                                      nat81  12 дней назад

                                                                                      It should be call *Consumption media* or *Distraction media* or *Addiction media* *Validation and attention seeking media* Instead of social media

                                                                                      • Vanessa ButtuhFly
                                                                                        Vanessa ButtuhFly  5 дней назад

                                                                                        I so agree!!!!!👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿

                                                                                        • Iysha Mees
                                                                                          Iysha Mees  13 дней назад

                                                                                          I've deleted all of my social media accounts permanently. Honestly, I just felt so down one day while scrolling through the endless content of Twitter and Instagram. This dark feeling that mocked me and constantly kept whispering to me about how much time I'm wasting that could be spent on working on things that would actually contribute to my growth. My growth to a mentally stable, informed, conscious, emphatic, productive human being. That and also the realization that among all those "followers" or "friends" you have, only a very small amount of people actually care about you and would stick with you in dark times. Cmon is it really THAT important to see what other people are eating, what they're doing, what they're thinking of at this very moment? Instead of looking at other people's lives and moping about yours in comparison to a carefully curated feed, why don't you look into your own life and curate your OWN success. We're so caught up in minding other people's business that our mind becomes people's business. Ever wondered why you used to be an avid reader but now can hardly get through 5 pages? Fragmented attention conditioning of our smartphones on us. That's the answer. . 3 months without Instagram and my social anxiety has quieted down considerably. Also, selfies have become absolutely senseless to me now. That's because I used to take them to post online for validation from people. Get your focus and long-term natural concentration back. Focus on yourself and your own personal growth. Use the Internet as means to learn and be well-informed. Be the master in control of your own attention.

                                                                                          • Jeremy Grimes
                                                                                            Jeremy Grimes  14 дней назад

                                                                                            I feel like it is all situational. Think about scenario which is realistic. You have a dead end job. You don't have a car. Public transportation is a joke. So basically you are landlocked. If you want to go further let's say they never have been in a relationship. I would assume social media might be great for someone like that.

                                                                                            • Valkylva
                                                                                              Valkylva  14 дней назад

                                                                                              I used to be addicted to being on social media until I realized how unhappy it made me. I started focusing on likes and what other people favored that I shared or what photos they loved more. It causes you to look at your insecurities more because maybe in one photo that isn’t the perfect angle of the best side of your face or body didn’t get as many likes. Or maybe it’s the opposite where you get more attention when you post photos of yourself looking flawless but not when you post photos of things you really love like hiking without makeup or something. It basically mentally shapes you into believing that you’re better and you belong more if you are a specific way. So I deleted my social media accounts for good and I couldn’t be happier :) it’s been about half a year and I’m loving it and I have zero urge to go back.

                                                                                              • Chief Bogo
                                                                                                Chief Bogo  15 дней назад

                                                                                                I quit Facebook, I’m not hooked on Instagram anymore, and I’m working on RUclip

                                                                                                • LisV :3
                                                                                                  LisV :3  15 дней назад

                                                                                                  I want to quit so badly. For a month? I'll try a week of no social media. Except youtube. I like youtube.

                                                                                                  • Truth Calling
                                                                                                    Truth Calling  15 дней назад

                                                                                                    After youtube addiction I can't read books I purchased many but not dare to read . My imagination is so weak after youtube. It is more dangerous than smoking cigarettes. You can sleep earlier cigarettes will not stop you but videos can engage you to sleep late

                                                                                                    • mari lopez
                                                                                                      mari lopez  16 дней назад

                                                                                                      Since I quit fb and ig, i am less distracted and more focused on real life. Just got done building a website for my business and also my yard looks super nice now because I’ve been putting energy into it. 😁

                                                                                                      • GeeLato
                                                                                                        GeeLato  17 дней назад

                                                                                                        Been feelin like kicking social media for a while. Might take the challenge.

                                                                                                        • Aadya Srivastava
                                                                                                          Aadya Srivastava  20 дней назад

                                                                                                          I have been following Dr. Newport's advice since a year and a half and I've never done better at studies than I do at this moment. Thank you, I owe my academic success to you Cal ♥️ P.S. It all changed when I read his books 'deep work' last spring and quite later, 'digital minimalism'

                                                                                                          • Deniz Adagoren
                                                                                                            Deniz Adagoren  20 дней назад

                                                                                                            But I will forget my friends if I dont login

                                                                                                            • Assane Mbengue
                                                                                                              Assane Mbengue  20 дней назад

                                                                                                              I think most people make the mistake of believing that those Facebook "friends" are real life friends. I made that mistake too, then I started putting quotes to that word, it was always Facebook "friends". Then peace came ! I now see Facebook for what it is. A plain media ! I go there and write and read as I would do with any media out there. I used to feel bad about "friends" not reacting to my "important posts", but now I can have a post with zero comment or like and still feel just fine about it. One of the reasons I can't discard Facebook is that it's part of my business now. I manage some business profiles and that makes quitting not z good idea.

                                                                                                              • unbotheredmini gallowaycow
                                                                                                                unbotheredmini gallowaycow  24 дня назад

                                                                                                                I deleted Facebook I am thinking about deleting Twitter. I occasionally use Instagram and Snapchat. Tumblr and Pinterest I use for ideas and that's it. I believe social media is better for if you have a business I don't have a business yet... so I only use social media a bit. When I start my business I will be using it but for only 30 mins.

                                                                                                                • Diego Montana
                                                                                                                  Diego Montana  24 дня назад

                                                                                                                  Social Media is compensation to the lack of real-life's love & attentions we need!!

                                                                                                                  • Enlightened Soul
                                                                                                                    Enlightened Soul  25 дней назад


                                                                                                                    • Winny Tesalonika
                                                                                                                      Winny Tesalonika  25 дней назад

                                                                                                                      I just uninstalled all of my social media today leaving youtube because i love learning through youtube and communication is somehow limited here. First hour after i uninstalled my social medias, i already have heavy withdrawal. Everytime i feel like something is funny, i had this urge to share it. I also on tiptoe thinking of unread messages or the info i'm going to lose. It's all nonsense, but i'm feeling the withdrawal, which means i am severely addicted. But i won't give in. I am looking forward to be able to sustain concentration longer and free of my fear of losing out. Kudos to everyone trying! God bless us all

                                                                                                                      • Winny Tesalonika
                                                                                                                        Winny Tesalonika  22 дня назад

                                                                                                                        @Dghjjjggh Fufitugu yes same, hopefully we get great benefits from this!

                                                                                                                        • Dghjjjggh Fufitugu
                                                                                                                          Dghjjjggh Fufitugu  23 дня назад

                                                                                                                          Winny Marturia me too I delete all my social media Facebook all that but youtube teach me a lot so I never uninstall it

                                                                                                                          • vivek chaitanya
                                                                                                                            vivek chaitanya  25 дней назад

                                                                                                                            If I quit social media, how do you expect me to watch your video ?

                                                                                                                            • Zero Equals False
                                                                                                                              Zero Equals False  26 дней назад

                                                                                                                              Great talk!

                                                                                                                              • DW GEEK
                                                                                                                                DW GEEK  26 дней назад

                                                                                                                                I actually decided to get rid of all my platforms sometime last year. I nearly went a WHOLE YEAR without it, but unfortunately I was drawn back to IG just recently. During that long absence of not having it, I felt SO much more happier, relaxed, light and at peace. I just felt free and had loads more time on my hands! That negativity that most of you probably face, had simply disappeared, so I honestly don’t know why I reconsidered going back to that toxic world. Anyway, I only returned to IG for a few days & once again I felt SO...I don’t want to say jealous coz I’m not like that, you should just be yourself, but it was definitely something similar and a sense of insecurity also hit me. It was horrible, so I knew straightaway I had to GET RID FOR GOOD this time! And so I did. I don’t miss it AT ALL! It really is such a dark place...All about being perfect & showing off, etc. Awful. Anyone that’s thinking of deleting, please do! You won’t regret it! 👏

                                                                                                                                • Sujith Kappil
                                                                                                                                  Sujith Kappil  26 дней назад

                                                                                                                                  Need subtitles

                                                                                                                                  • Audrey and Remington
                                                                                                                                    Audrey and Remington  27 дней назад

                                                                                                                                    *Plot Twist:* RUclip is social media

                                                                                                                                    • Aran 999999999
                                                                                                                                      Aran 999999999  28 дней назад

                                                                                                                                      People are not quitting social media

                                                                                                                                      • Dghjjjggh Fufitugu
                                                                                                                                        Dghjjjggh Fufitugu  23 дня назад

                                                                                                                                        Aran 999999999 no keep youtube take the rest out and limit time use on RUclip

                                                                                                                                        • Chhay Iekkhung
                                                                                                                                          Chhay Iekkhung  28 дней назад

                                                                                                                                          Social Media is so good when I spend limit time. And you?

                                                                                                                                          • GirlSh0t
                                                                                                                                            GirlSh0t  Месяц назад

                                                                                                                                            I deleted fb and insta in between the video

                                                                                                                                            • Keenan subramoney
                                                                                                                                              Keenan subramoney  Месяц назад

                                                                                                                                              'More likely to feel lonely or isolated'

                                                                                                                                              • Ali Qazilbash
                                                                                                                                                Ali Qazilbash  Месяц назад

                                                                                                                                                Okay, time for people to mind their own business. Limiting social media use would be a wise step but it has its uses for marketing, education and general interaction. Focus on your own end and others will do the same.

                                                                                                                                                • Dghjjjggh Fufitugu
                                                                                                                                                  Dghjjjggh Fufitugu  23 дня назад

                                                                                                                                                  Ali Qazilbash that’s true

                                                                                                                                                  • Truth & Logic
                                                                                                                                                    Truth & Logic  Месяц назад

                                                                                                                                                    3.4k social media addicts have watch an disagree with this message..

                                                                                                                                                    • Wes T
                                                                                                                                                      Wes T  Месяц назад

                                                                                                                                                      I quit Facebook in 2017 and Instagram in 2018. Maybe this year I’ll nerf Twitter.

                                                                                                                                                      • Murakami R
                                                                                                                                                        Murakami R  Месяц назад

                                                                                                                                                        Recently I've felt quite put off from instagram, which for the past few years has been a HUGE sinkhole of my time. All these hours, posting then deleting, reposting... for what? My plan is to not post anything for a month and then see how it goes. The only thing I'm hesitant about is that I have a few online friends that I would lose if I no longer had instagram. We're friends enough to talk often but not enough to ask for cell phone numbers, which might not seem like a real friendship but some of them are people I've known for years. I think I will just keep it to talk to them. Ideally, I want to replace all of my instagram time with using Duolingo instead, so I'm actually learning something.

                                                                                                                                                        • bo satsu
                                                                                                                                                          bo satsu  Месяц назад

                                                                                                                                                          I quit Instagram and Facebook but RUclip...can’t .

                                                                                                                                                          • bo satsu
                                                                                                                                                            bo satsu  20 дней назад

                                                                                                                                                            but I can’t that’s social media

                                                                                                                                                            • J J
                                                                                                                                                              J J  28 дней назад

                                                                                                                                                              bo satsu youtube isnt social media

                                                                                                                                                              • B
                                                                                                                                                                B  Месяц назад

                                                                                                                                                                Such an ableist attitude toward technology. I find that I'm more connected to long-distance relationships with friends and family, as well as connect with friends and family we are unable to physically meet up with because of disabilities. I concentrate more while I'm on the media than when I'm not on it. I need the stimuli to aid concentration where I need it to be which is not on destructive path and am able to choose that path myself rather than allow others influences to affect me negatively. I am also an introvert so I don't need actual real life interaction to drain my social batteries as an extrovert would be driven to search out. Before social media, I wasn't able to connect and now I am able to better than before, just because it doesn't work for you doesn't mean that it doesn't work for someone else. Of course, I also turn off the sound and vibration of any notifications attached to my social media, so I still have some detachment since I found this was overstimulating me and pulling attention where I didn't want it.

                                                                                                                                                                • Tjel 81
                                                                                                                                                                  Tjel 81  Месяц назад

                                                                                                                                                                  I guess if you have a lack of willpower, quitting social media is a good choice. You can always go on a fast or something when you realize you’re becoming too distracted. Remove it from your devices and just devote yourself to other things. Social media is not the enemy, the addictive nature of sinful human beings is the problem. We should quit blaming inanimate things for our own heart problems.

                                                                                                                                                                  • mr kneel
                                                                                                                                                                    mr kneel  Месяц назад

                                                                                                                                                                    “A background hum of anxiety.” That is America in a nutshell right now.

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                                                                                                                                                                      • yuni wakamatsu
                                                                                                                                                                        yuni wakamatsu  Месяц назад

                                                                                                                                                                        SNS success is analogous to the rich owner exploiting employees. Fanatic followers inflames the tweet and the celebrity benefits.

                                                                                                                                                                        • SlipknotMFKR
                                                                                                                                                                          SlipknotMFKR  Месяц назад

                                                                                                                                                                          Socail Media can be used to be socail with deep conversation and feel satisfied socailly. Unfortunately, most people dont use it that way.