What I learned from my social media fast | Amber Quinney | [email protected]

  • Published: 08 May 2018
  • Take a social media break as you explore the dangers of social media addiction on the human brain and it's harmful effects on society. College scholar Amber Quinney shares with you how she lost her appetite for virtual interaction through her year-long social media fast. Through her talk, learn how to be more mindful of your social media presence and how to be more present in your own life. Amber Quinney is no average college student. A Marketing major at Canisius College, she has completed seven internships and earned more than $50,00 in private scholarships. Amber was a finalist at the national C.E.O. elevator pitch competition, won two research grants, and twice was a WNY Prosperity fellow. She completed the University of California Emerging Leaders Program, and is the founder of “Charm School for Sisters,” which teaches young girls of color about self-love, sisterhood, and success skills. Her talk is based off of her recent research for candidacy for her degree and explores the negative effects on the brain of over saturation of social media exposure and addiction. Her talk also explores the critical role that social media and media stimulation plays in our everyday lives.
    This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at www.ted.com/tedx

Comments • 260

  • KratosPS
    KratosPS  8 dias atrás

    What was normal 15 years ago is now crazy?

    • María Guanipa
      María Guanipa  10 dias atrás

      My God, this girl is soooo beautiful, I mean, I wish she was my friend

      • Gail Lewis
        Gail Lewis  Mês atrás

        You can't gain practical skills that require months or years of practice by searching on Google.

        • Zee A
          Zee A  Mês atrás

          Sp much truth in your speech. I am taking steps to spend less time online and be more present. It is very addictive and a lot of time can be wasted without even realizing.

          • Chooi Keng Leong
            Chooi Keng Leong  Mês atrás

            It's easy to quit Facebook and Instagram, but not for BRclip lol.

            • dhearndon
              dhearndon  Mês atrás

              I wish I could leave Facebook but I live 600 miles away from my family and rarely see them in real life. I would really feel lonely if I couldn’t have fun talking/seeing with them on Facebook. I found long lost family and high school friends there. I also run our church facebook videos.

              • Euphemia Jaraine
                Euphemia Jaraine  Mês atrás

                My workplace puts too much importance in uploading achievements on social media and we're constantly told to connect with people on Twitter who are high achievers. I refused to comply with this. I am ready to upload the company's achievements but i will NOT give up my productive time to follow some self proclaimed guru. The internet is useful but social media isn't.

                • XIDDIGTA 5
                  XIDDIGTA 5  Mês atrás

                  Today I watch 3 videos about stopping social media and I decided to be offline all social media except what'sApp and BRclip I'm one of them who feel depression and stress in social media I'm wann live with my world my realty life no more fake world 👎❌❌❌

                  • Monica Eisenberg
                    Monica Eisenberg  2 meses atrás

                    Lovely. I d like you to mentor my daughters. They're little right now but I love your energy.

                    • Bri Terry
                      Bri Terry  2 meses atrás

                      "Social media is a symptom not a tactic." Meaning the really successful "influencers" were mostly already in successful positions before their social medias amplified it, or they at least had something they were passionate about and then used it to share with the world. Too often we're trying to "prove" we have good lives, while not really believing it ourselves. I think the main difference between successful and unsuccessful social media users is that the former knows they have good lives and shares it with others, while the latter is trying to convince themselves more than anyone.

                      • Hayden Cooper
                        Hayden Cooper  3 meses atrás

                        I basically stopped posting to instagram 5 months ago. Barely look at it anymore. Wasn't intending it to be that long but it actually felt good not "checking in" all the time and not feeling like i had to get likes and like posts. Never had facebook, twitter didn't get my attention and now my snapchat is now getting very worried!

                        • Diavolaccio Satanasso
                          Diavolaccio Satanasso  3 meses atrás

                          Never had any social media. Beats me how anyone with a functioning brain would do otherwise.

                          • T
                            T  3 meses atrás

                            I wish she could have shared what she did while she was away from social media for six months. Either way wonderful speech, I'm currently on my social media cleanse as well, finding more about myself as the journey continues! this is what the world needs to hear

                            • Jennie Yolan
                              Jennie Yolan  3 meses atrás


                              • Mo vlogs
                                Mo vlogs  3 meses atrás

                                Yooo!! where the vibranium at?? I'm sure she knows!

                                • Bria Barrows
                                  Bria Barrows  3 meses atrás

                                  what i'm doing right now. 6 months. yasss. you do lose yourself

                                  • Valencia Williams
                                    Valencia Williams  3 meses atrás

                                    This is so needed

                                    • Millie Jean Warren
                                      Millie Jean Warren  3 meses atrás

                                      Her insights

                                      • Tom Lintern
                                        Tom Lintern  3 meses atrás

                                        I am SO inspired by Amber. I can't wait to start my social media account and finally get the social validation I deserve.

                                        • Jhane Mangco
                                          Jhane Mangco  3 meses atrás

                                          "Learn to like yourself first." That's the most amazing thing I've heard today.

                                          • mascara1888
                                            mascara1888  4 meses atrás

                                            I clicked just to get a better look at her dress it's so cute!

                                            • Byron TGI Friday
                                              Byron TGI Friday  4 meses atrás

                                              82 mindless people unlike the video

                                              • Aislinn Spaman
                                                Aislinn Spaman  4 meses atrás

                                                youre so smart and beautiful!

                                                • Olivia Patterson
                                                  Olivia Patterson  4 meses atrás

                                                  Great Talk, Beautiful person/soul!

                                                  • FreeHousingProject. com
                                                    FreeHousingProject. com  4 meses atrás

                                                    Excellent video! Bravo!

                                                    • Miss Sue's Skills 4 Success
                                                      Miss Sue's Skills 4 Success  4 meses atrás

                                                      Great message! Everyone should watch this! Amber, I like when you said "If you do not have a positive purpose for using social media, then log off, and log off immediately." and "Leaders are readers!" So many people need to log off.

                                                      • jbela
                                                        jbela  4 meses atrás

                                                        Social media is one of the biggest threat to the brain, you got that right!

                                                        • human being
                                                          human being  4 meses atrás

                                                          Thankyou for saying that 'social media is a biggest threat to the brain' bcz u said it otherwise others just try to balance it saying just use safe and its not that bad .. but yes I knw its bad .. although I m not on it .. but my people are on it and what if I am free but they are not to talk to me.. so in order to have a carefree a really free world free from tensions phone vibrations and all we all need to quit this .. quit it as soon as possible otherwise the world will give u more reasons not to quit it

                                                          • ibrahim hakimi
                                                            ibrahim hakimi  4 meses atrás

                                                            from 30 days to 6 months

                                                            • Megan Otten
                                                              Megan Otten  4 meses atrás

                                                              Social media made me anti social. As an extrovert it is painful to see other extroverts have more friends and be more liked. When most of those “relationships” are shallow.

                                                              • s 97
                                                                s 97  4 meses atrás

                                                                Social media is terrible ! it literally changes your brain, even when you take a break from it you still feel like you need to post or update

                                                                • DAHRIPPA
                                                                  DAHRIPPA  4 meses atrás

                                                                  What an amazing young lady!!

                                                                  • Yemi Kebede
                                                                    Yemi Kebede  5 meses atrás

                                                                    On utube

                                                                    • Yemi Kebede
                                                                      Yemi Kebede  5 meses atrás

                                                                      She's saying social media is bad on social media.

                                                                      • Mother
                                                                        Mother  5 meses atrás

                                                                        I love this sis 💕

                                                                        • Blessed Racs
                                                                          Blessed Racs  5 meses atrás

                                                                          I quit Facebook and it’s about 9days of no fb and I feel so good and it’s really true when you are in a social media app like Facebook, Instagram and etc., your actually living like an unreal world. So I pray to live a life without social media that makes me depress and insecure because of what I seeing in the profiles of the person in social media.

                                                                          • Marcia Parrish
                                                                            Marcia Parrish  2 dias atrás

                                                                            This young lady is wise beyond her years. She is an "old soul" in a young body. So many more thousands of people need to see this video and hear her words. I have received thousands of Facebook requests over the years, but I just don't trust FB, and it seems sooooo time-consuming! I always said that if I finally become active on FB, it would be to promote phenomenal natural products/supplements to help people with health challenges to regain good health and happiness. Kudos to this young lady for making us think!

                                                                            • Lucy T
                                                                              Lucy T  5 meses atrás

                                                                              🙌🏽 I don't fb but I hav Twitter and utube is addictive, offline is healthy to tune in within 💛 self love is important!!

                                                                              • Roy Adair
                                                                                Roy Adair  5 meses atrás

                                                                                Cutie Pie Amber Quinney the energy you have and that beautiful look and smile.. I will take heed and listen to what you have said. Thank you 😊😎

                                                                                • me me
                                                                                  me me  5 meses atrás

                                                                                  I hate books tho lol

                                                                                  • Morgue Original Music
                                                                                    Morgue Original Music  5 meses atrás

                                                                                    "Selfies are fun" As much fun as a slow descent into narcissism.

                                                                                    • Ali Hassan
                                                                                      Ali Hassan  5 meses atrás

                                                                                      Be right back just need to check my Facebook

                                                                                      • A OB
                                                                                        A OB  5 meses atrás

                                                                                        Great talk! So many good points, and such a dynamic speaker. You can tell this young woman is going places.

                                                                                        • Chizal White
                                                                                          Chizal White  6 meses atrás


                                                                                          • Mohamed Attar
                                                                                            Mohamed Attar  6 meses atrás

                                                                                            I do not hold to quit social media, because it is a tool and you allocate how to use it, so it is not social media fault it is humans fault for misusing it correctly.

                                                                                            • Annika Ehrig
                                                                                              Annika Ehrig  6 meses atrás

                                                                                              Amber is one of the best speakers I've ever heard on TEDx! So articulate and passionate!

                                                                                              • Lillian Sanders
                                                                                                Lillian Sanders  6 meses atrás

                                                                                                What a wise and beautiful young woman! I hope I can be like her someday. Honestly, we don’t need social around 24/7. I only have Instagram and BRclip now. I don’t have the Instagram app on my phone and discipline myself to only browse youtube after lunch and after dinner. Quitting social media really is much more productive and distressing.

                                                                                                • Tim Cook
                                                                                                  Tim Cook  6 meses atrás

                                                                                                  every time I go to IG and watch people's sotries, I would feel bad because I would compare how better their loves are compared to me

                                                                                                  • Lashaunda Little
                                                                                                    Lashaunda Little  7 meses atrás

                                                                                                    I'm currently doing a 30 days fast from fb

                                                                                                    • Key Nicole
                                                                                                      Key Nicole  7 meses atrás

                                                                                                      Yasss Amber💕 Amazing stage presence, awesome speaker & great information!!!

                                                                                                      • Cameron Pence
                                                                                                        Cameron Pence  7 meses atrás

                                                                                                        She summed everything up so nicely, in today's society it's hard to completely log off because nowadays it is a tool. Taking a detoxing break can be a wonderful thing though and I think it's so important for everyone to try it out. Remember to find who you are before you share who you are not!

                                                                                                        • Peace Ondeath
                                                                                                          Peace Ondeath  7 meses atrás

                                                                                                          What a pretty plant that is. Well spoken.

                                                                                                          • Shinedala Berg
                                                                                                            Shinedala Berg  7 meses atrás

                                                                                                            What I wonderful speech, I really loved it so much. I have not been on social media for a long time....I could say a month now! There is no way I'm going back to it. I just was always comparing myself, to other people's "perfect" life. I could not stand seeing couples on social media, because I would get really jealous because I would want that in my life. Also the biggest thing was, I would get so much depression and I would be on it for so many hours, and then I would be behind on my work. So I'm happy that I'm done with that life.

                                                                                                            • Andrew Murphy
                                                                                                              Andrew Murphy  7 meses atrás

                                                                                                              A terrific speaker at such a young age. She will go far!

                                                                                                              • Bria Barrows
                                                                                                                Bria Barrows  3 meses atrás


                                                                                                                • Valerie Stupnikova
                                                                                                                  Valerie Stupnikova  7 meses atrás

                                                                                                                  Her speech is so motivating! And, she's so cute! :)

                                                                                                                  • Damian Coccio
                                                                                                                    Damian Coccio  7 meses atrás

                                                                                                                    Good talk. As long as these platforms have algorithms that addict and manipulate there is a good reason to abstain. Watch the talks of Tristan Harris and Jaron Lanier to gain a fuller insight into the problem and why deleting your accounts is the best course of action.

                                                                                                                    • Briana Kelley
                                                                                                                      Briana Kelley  7 meses atrás

                                                                                                                      Smart little lady! I have definitely limited my ability to think by outsourcing!

                                                                                                                      • Young Professionals
                                                                                                                        Young Professionals  8 meses atrás

                                                                                                                        You have to guard your mind & be careful what you feed it ❗️

                                                                                                                        • Swarthy Daisy
                                                                                                                          Swarthy Daisy  8 meses atrás

                                                                                                                          I am so proud of you Amber! I enjoyed this Ted Talk! You are a smart and lovely young woman. I love your dress and your hair is gorgeous! I agree, social media does need to be regulated in our personal lives. I am permanently off of Instagram and Facebook. I would love to ax Twitter, and keep my BRclip channel. I grew up in a time that was on the cusp of using technology at home. I see the value of using technology, but not allowing it to control our lives is key!

                                                                                                                          • Theia Dianka
                                                                                                                            Theia Dianka  8 meses atrás

                                                                                                                            I went through a whole fit of expressing myself on social media, posting pictures, being creative and probably not focusing on my work enough. i ended up bruised very badly. I damaged a relationship dear to my heart and I had few arguments with people online. it was not worth it. My confidence was getting lower and lower because I always keep watching people lives and being envious. I quitted it all and I feel better for it. Now I watch youtube videos - reminding me why I am better off without it!

                                                                                                                            • Kamila H.
                                                                                                                              Kamila H.  8 meses atrás

                                                                                                                              Thank you!! Such a powerful message that I will implement in my life! Thank you!

                                                                                                                              • Nina K
                                                                                                                                Nina K  8 meses atrás

                                                                                                                                I agree with her so much; since my social media (& no more of smoking weed every day) cleanse I started to connect with myself again. Both habits were things that made it okay for me to have days where I basically do nothing but sit by myself & mindlessly scroll through social media. I especially tend to do this on days on which I was depressed for various reasons & needed to be on my own. There's nothing wrong with needing to spend time by yourself before connecting with the outer world again, but I think that even taking a nap is more productive then being on social media if you don't have a reason to use it. Without social media I use my free time to read more, paint, take photos (without the intend of them to look good for the gram), do sport and meet friends without checking my phone.. I found myself thinking "gosh you used to be so much cooler a couple of years ago- what happened? why aren't you spending times on hobbies that you used to live for anymore?" Now I know that I've created one or more behaviors that I used to do to free my mind from worries, that have now become the worries.

                                                                                                                                • Colin12475
                                                                                                                                  Colin12475  8 meses atrás

                                                                                                                                  I've no interest in social media because I'm a bit of a loner.

                                                                                                                                  • Calvin Smith
                                                                                                                                    Calvin Smith  8 meses atrás

                                                                                                                                    Something about her just makes me happy :)

                                                                                                                                    • Rossell Arriola
                                                                                                                                      Rossell Arriola  8 meses atrás

                                                                                                                                      Gorgeous all around :-)

                                                                                                                                      • TheTherapyBooth
                                                                                                                                        TheTherapyBooth  8 meses atrás

                                                                                                                                        Love this talk & love listening to Amber!

                                                                                                                                        • Winchestah
                                                                                                                                          Winchestah  8 meses atrás

                                                                                                                                          (Talks about how I've quit x social media sites for x amount of time so I can get social validation from a social media site's comment section)

                                                                                                                                          • jasmine carey
                                                                                                                                            jasmine carey  8 meses atrás

                                                                                                                                            I'm a teacher and teach mindfulness, and this is amazing. She is a fantastic speaker, delivers exceptionally wise and well explained relevant information in a manner that is engaging at every moment. Great message, well done.

                                                                                                                                            • Marlo Webster
                                                                                                                                              Marlo Webster  8 meses atrás

                                                                                                                                              Priceless information ❣️

                                                                                                                                              • ManufacturedReality
                                                                                                                                                ManufacturedReality  8 meses atrás

                                                                                                                                                “If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you're mis-informed.” - Mark Twain

                                                                                                                                                • Anthony Riche
                                                                                                                                                  Anthony Riche  8 meses atrás

                                                                                                                                                  That young lady did an awesome job! This is just the voice this generation needs.

                                                                                                                                                  • Rae Adams
                                                                                                                                                    Rae Adams  9 meses atrás

                                                                                                                                                    Amber is amzing!!!!!!

                                                                                                                                                    • JJ Higgs
                                                                                                                                                      JJ Higgs  9 meses atrás

                                                                                                                                                      I Quit Facebook 1 month ago and Instagram yesterday. Now I am putting all my addiction into BRclip lol. It’s a good start though

                                                                                                                                                      • Judith van der Leek
                                                                                                                                                        Judith van der Leek  9 meses atrás

                                                                                                                                                        "Some people read only one book per year... Facebook" LOFL, but sadly enough so true

                                                                                                                                                        • Acho Delly
                                                                                                                                                          Acho Delly  10 meses atrás

                                                                                                                                                          Leaders are readers. I must read

                                                                                                                                                          • fernando vargas
                                                                                                                                                            fernando vargas  10 meses atrás

                                                                                                                                                            People,meet my future wife,isn't she smart,thats hot!