Quit social media | Dr. Cal Newport | TEDxTysons

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‘Deep work’ will make you better at what you do. You will achieve more in less time. And feel the sense of true fulfillment that comes from the mastery of a skill.

Cal Newport is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University. In addition to studying the theoretical foundations of our digital age, Newport also writes about the impact of these technologies on the world of work. His most recent book, Deep Work, argues that focus is the new I.Q. in the modern workplace and that the ability to concentrate without distraction is becoming increasingly valuable. He previously wrote So Good They Can’t Ignore You, a book which debunks the long-held belief that “follow your passion” is good advice, and three popular books of unconventional advice for students.

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  1. As a kid from gen z, I got into social media quite late. In comparison to my friends who got facebook at the age of 8 or 9, I got mine at 14, turning 15. I got an instagram at 15 too. I only ever had a phone of my own when I turned 18. And you know what I learned? People socialise online now. If you aren't added to a "group chat" then it will be much harder to develop close friendships in person since you're missing out on all the online activity and memories that are shared on social media. I learned this since people were always laughing about some inside joke that I wasn't aware of or talking about something that had happened on twitter that I had not learned about. And now with tiktok, all my friends use it and it has become a community– one that I am not a part of. This all made me feel left behind and out of the loop. The pandemic hasn't made it any easier. I need messaging apps to talk to my friends and family or instagram to see videos of my new born nephew. I need facebook to support online fundraising events for good causes. That's just how society has evolved. If I cannot adapt, I will be left behind. We can rise above the toxicity of social media. We can educate ourselves and be aware of the algorithm. We can use it for good things like advocacies and education.

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