Quit social media | Dr. Cal Newport | TEDxTysons

  • Published on Sep 19, 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

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  • Ourlordtomcruise 11

    Been off social media for 2 years. People think I’m the weird one. Life is actually profoundly better

  • Ethan Hekim
    Ethan Hekim Hour ago

    Ironic that I watched this video on social media

  • Sandra Cheeks
    Sandra Cheeks Hour ago

    I don't use any social media either and I agree with you wholeheartedly

  • Ani B
    Ani B 2 hours ago

    i wish facebook could just burn

  • Carolsweet
    Carolsweet Day ago

    I use Whatsapp for family-friends-job ...and I love RU-clip, thats enough for me , and have plenty of time to do other things in reality.

  • only Jesus saves us

    I wish my boys were growing up in a world where adults actually paid attention to them, and didn’t always send the message that they (my children) aren’t as interesting as what’s going on on their phones. They must always feel devalued.
    I believe this is the first generation to practically completely raise themselves because of it ..... not by choice but by necessity.

  • The Legendary Lurch Logan

    Cal Newport sounds like a University!! 🏫🏟️
    "Where'd you go to College"?

  • Dominic Wilson
    Dominic Wilson Day ago

    Going on 1 year no Social media

  • peter peter
    peter peter Day ago

    I feel like its more destructive than beneficial to society, yet we’re in too deep :( like its not going away anytime soon

  • Fylosofy
    Fylosofy Day ago

    I have.

  • Moonturns Thetides

    It’s distracting from every day life. When you’re out enjoying yourself and in your mind you pause to post what you’re doing online, there is a problem. It’s taken away our ability to stay conscious in a moment.

  • Ron Simiyu
    Ron Simiyu Day ago

    Quiting RU-clip, wish me luck guys.

  • Taha Khan
    Taha Khan 2 days ago

    If I quit social media, how would I be able see videos like these?

  • Anthony R
    Anthony R 2 days ago

    I feel he isn’t the best person to speak on this. Should be someone who had used social media before and then quit

  • Chris Epulef
    Chris Epulef 2 days ago

    Whatever dude.

  • Jordan Kidd
    Jordan Kidd 2 days ago +1

    Shoutout to the lady going through FB on the bottom right-hand side of the screen 12:30

  • Jorge Romera
    Jorge Romera 2 days ago

    Gossip and narcissism are the two pillars of Facebook and Instagram. Social media is not only a waste of time, but it also spoils human mind. Way better spend your leisure time reading a good book or walking in the woods, if you can afford it.

  • zanmirrob
    zanmirrob 2 days ago

    Surely there are alternatives to this conniving, globalist agenda pushing indoctrination tool of the elites??? They are trying to eviscerate our right to free speech by only allowing what they deem as acceptable ideology.

  • Tim Fox
    Tim Fox 2 days ago

    I'm 34 and only ever used RU-clip. Never got a Twitter or IG. Only had a Facebook cuz it was made for me, never even downloaded the app

  • Malik Murad
    Malik Murad 2 days ago

    I quit Facebook before 2 years and that was the good decision.

  • malith dissawa
    malith dissawa 3 days ago

    ur not my real dad!!

  • George MiLo
    George MiLo 3 days ago

    FB stopped being fun for me since 2012. People were engaged and interactive and then became tired of FB not evolving for the users benefit.

  • Avi Hecht
    Avi Hecht 3 days ago

    Alcohol drugs Social media are inherently destructive

  • Tanya Dhlamini
    Tanya Dhlamini 3 days ago

    I quit Facebook and twitter. I have instagram and whatsapp and taking a break to read

  • Luv1234
    Luv1234 3 days ago

    Who has time to follow others?? I am on YT waiting to start work.

  • Luv1234
    Luv1234 3 days ago

    I can’t quit google besides YT. :(. I need an app to help me quit. 😂

  • Luv1234
    Luv1234 3 days ago

    I love RU-clip though. I like to travel to different places cheaply. Lol. I quit FB four years ago because I could not stand looking at other people’s lives I pretended to like. Lol. Oh, I spent $6k on purses this year thanks to RU-clip. But I blame myself. It’s hard to not be entertained by the world.

  • Grunt Hog
    Grunt Hog 3 days ago

    I only have an LinkedIn account that is more or less a shell, no photo and little content. I keep my fingers crossed that the day when the only way to validate a person is from his/her social media account will never be true. Anyone wants to find me on line will not find a social media account with history and time line.

  • juju mikec
    juju mikec 4 days ago

    So inspiring......

  • Adjani Al-amin Macarambon

    Eyyy. Wazzup STEM 1?

  • Filip Barac
    Filip Barac 5 days ago

    I used to be addicted to facebook, texting mostly and then people would unlike me be busy with something and I would just stare at the screen waiting for reply. Now I'm not addicted, I just chat someone up when I need to and scroll through it once a day see if there's funny memes or something, but then I says a few of those people bragging about their lives how much fun they have going places and it bums me up a little. Yeah I'm gonna stop using it now completely.

  • Serratus
    Serratus 5 days ago

    He disimplicated the 'social' aspect in the phrase social media. We're social* beings

  • YoSoyNESS
    YoSoyNESS 6 days ago

    Arrrr, cada 2 años cierro mi cuenta, y luego me hago otra...

  • Dawn Eipeldauer
    Dawn Eipeldauer 6 days ago

    That I am out of a narcissistic relationship - less stress and anxiety - I'm getting my identity back - it's a fake place with fake people and its,addictive - I had honest to God withdrawal - the police can preserve the records so staying away from it is really self care

  • Susan
    Susan 6 days ago +1

    It sad to see a family eating out and everyone is on their phone not communicating..I believe it done on purpose..

  • laura53ize
    laura53ize 6 days ago +1

    I quit Instagram I was feeling depressed and anxious even mad and now I have a good relationship with good I found a good friend and feel better.

    • Micah Taylor
      Micah Taylor 6 days ago

      Great to hear. I've noticed a big decrease in depression and anxiety, from those that have quit. Good luck on your journey.

  • Benjamin Leach
    Benjamin Leach 6 days ago

    I've never had a social life except for emailing teachers about reassessments

    • Micah Taylor
      Micah Taylor 6 days ago

      If you want one, it's better to have it in person imo. Not online

  • CetaceanRei
    CetaceanRei 7 days ago +1

    as a freshman in high school, social media is a huge part of my life. I spend over 5 hours on it everyday after school and although I know it is affecting my grades and social life, I can't stop. Today, I've been watching many of these youtube videos and realized that its not too late to change. I deleted all my social media apps just a few hours ago and I will be trying that for the next 30 days. I know this is going to be really difficult and tempting but I don't want to spend my life staring at a damn screen. If anyone sees this comment, I'll update you in 30 days:)

    • Micah Taylor
      Micah Taylor 6 days ago

      Good luck. Stick with it. I've done it before and found out I hadn't missed anything. I proceeded to delete my accounts and everything was great.

  • Terri Brown
    Terri Brown 8 days ago

    What about YOU TUBE

  • RangedPKer99
    RangedPKer99 8 days ago +2

    I watched this video a few months back and it made me really think how social media was making me feel. I decided to give up social media one at a time first instagram then facebook then snapchat. If anyone reading this comment wants to learn from what I learned over the past few months is you will be happier without it. Give all your close friends your number to call you or send you a text. You won't be left out. Delete all the accounts one by one and watch your life slowly become more peaceful happy and relaxing.

    • Micah Taylor
      Micah Taylor 6 days ago

      Some true stuff. And the friendships and relationships you make and keep while offline, are more meaningful. Good luck.

  • vamsidhar reddy
    vamsidhar reddy 9 days ago +1

    I quit Instagram a year ago
    And yes ,life without social media is good and peaceful

    • Micah Taylor
      Micah Taylor 6 days ago +1

      What else have you noticed since quitting?

  • Jennifer Stewart
    Jennifer Stewart 9 days ago

    I was a late adopter and you are more right than many will ever acknowledge. Thank you for validating everything I was feeling/seeing.

  • Secretly a celebrity

    I have a nephew who cant sit through a movie without going to instagram.. ugh I HATE INSTAGRAM

  • Mohammad Mneimneh
    Mohammad Mneimneh 10 days ago

    all you said is true Cal.. only issue is that I'm watching this on social media..

  • coffee is great
    coffee is great 10 days ago

    here from yes theory

  • James Roscoe
    James Roscoe 10 days ago

    Honestly I quit most social media a long time ago .. well most of it anyway. I still use WhatsApp or Skype to video chat with friends and family that live outside of the states, also I use instagram solely for marketing purposes, and Pinterest, but other than that I hardly waste my time on it. RU-clip is the platform I spend time on recreationally. I never considered it to be a social media site at all. I don't use it to communicate with others. I use it as an alternative to live tv. I remember when RU-clip first came about. I saw it as a way to be creative to post my short films and creations for the world to see. It's a creative medium not a social networking site.

  • Roger Young
    Roger Young 11 days ago +1

    This guy has a grandiose sense of self without the help of social media

  • Hira Parmani
    Hira Parmani 11 days ago +1

    Anyone here after watching Yes Theory? 🖐️

  • Uncensored truth
    Uncensored truth 11 days ago +2

    I have no more social media. My biggest addict-problem now is youtube......

  • Josip Tumapa
    Josip Tumapa 12 days ago

    *THE MOMENT when I pressed thy Deactivate Facebook (before) felt so liberating! Like I felt so light! To be honest, I don’t even go through the “withdrawal”, because it’s just so toxic being off it is a pleasure. It’s just really hard for my clients to reach me for my design work.*
    But I’m working on an alternative solution to be reached.

  • Principal Skinner
    Principal Skinner 12 days ago +1

    I had a MySpace. I enjoyed it. I used it primarily for finding new music before it died off. Then I had a Facebook around 2007 or 2008. People were using it to see how many people would like what they say. It was like they were using it to validates their lives. It was pretty bazaar.

    • Micah Taylor
      Micah Taylor 6 days ago

      Yeah, big time. The same can be said about Instagram.

  • Marco Gomez
    Marco Gomez 12 days ago

    I cant let go because there is alot of fine girls on it

  • Duncan ten Kate
    Duncan ten Kate 12 days ago

    You forget one thing. Guys from my generation are depending on social media to get dates with women. So quiting is not possible if you feel lonely you have to deal with it and keep on using it.

    • Micah Taylor
      Micah Taylor 6 days ago

      That's big time true lol. The first time I deleted all my social media accounts 2 years ago, it forced me to actually socialize and approach people (big time introvert and pretty quiet guy here). I got my crush's number and she literally stopped texting me when I told her I dont use social media anymore 😂. That I deleted all my accounts. Not trying to talk bad about her, but shes not worth keeping if she doesnt wanna talk to you over something as little as that. Start approaching and eventually you'll get right imo.

    • Cla Lyrics
      Cla Lyrics 12 days ago +1

      Or just go out and meet people in the real world

  • Olga Belyavsky
    Olga Belyavsky 12 days ago

    One of the worst social medias is probably tik tok, in my personal opinion

    • Olga Belyavsky
      Olga Belyavsky Day ago

      +Micah Taylor I agree.. whenever i get them, the caption is always something like "get inspired" and stuff, but the video clip itself is just plain ridiculous.

    • Micah Taylor
      Micah Taylor 6 days ago

      😂😂😂 those gotdamn tik tok ads

  • Olga Belyavsky
    Olga Belyavsky 12 days ago

    I know some people that have a Facebook, and they don't really use it as described here. They just use it as a way to post pictures and see what's going on in their friend group that fell apart years ago.

  • Chuck Lewis
    Chuck Lewis 13 days ago

    I am considering shutting down my social media for goo. I find myself coming home from work and somehow sitting down at the computer and checking my social media to see if I have any likes or not. I find that my mind wonders with random thought even frustration and confusion. so I spent a few day without it. I shut down my Ipad for 7 days. and I want to get my emails off of my phone. AS a musician , worship leader ,singer, song writer, I find myself asking this question... can God promote my music without social media? what an absurd thought!!! of course He can!

  • Imani Dlamini
    Imani Dlamini 14 days ago +1

    So in nutshell he says:
    - Social Media has no real function. It’s like a slot machine for your brain
    - You do not need Social Media for your career: the market rewards people who can produce things of value
    - Social Media can permanently diminish your attention span

    For me personally: I do agree with what he says!!! I go on social media detoxes every now and then where I’ll delete Instagram for a month and then come back on. Social media can be fun - like sharing the book you’re reading and connecting with a stranger online about it or seeing an inspiring story of someone who has reached their goals. So I think moderation is key - and self awareness (so that you’re not falling into the trap of comparing yourself to others or wasting time).

    • Micah Taylor
      Micah Taylor 6 days ago

      I agree with you. I think theres pros and cons to it. The detoxes definitely help if you dont wanna cold Turkey quit.

  • AWlpsSHOW36
    AWlpsSHOW36 14 days ago

    I don't like how Social Media closed us from the real world. I hate how it distracts me and makes me addicted.
    I use Facebook (A major social (sorta) platform) as well as RU-clip, Deviantart, Wattpad and Pinterest. Sometimes I leave the notifications stacking and don't regularly check them as I do have a life to live!
    I honestly can't imagine quitting Social Media, actually. Not really because it's addictive, but I know that there's good in it that's overshadowed by the negativity and danger. I use social media to get inspired by others, lend out support and love to those that live far away from me. People who feel like they have no one that loves them, but I want to show them that there is, which is me and other people who are far away from them. I also want to bring peace too. To be the mediator and peacemaker in arguments and hopefully set a middle ground.

  • Charlene Abareta
    Charlene Abareta 14 days ago

    i would love to quit Facebook too. If only not work-related.

  • Shay
    Shay 14 days ago

    Hard for me to focus, to busy reading comments. 😱

  • Key From92
    Key From92 14 days ago

    Quit Notifications on your device too. My phone literally makes no noise, no numbered icons for messages, no badges, it literally only rings when i get phone calls. If u busy then why u need to stop what u doin to check a message? I will reply once im done bein busy.

  • Daniel Reis
    Daniel Reis 15 days ago

    Yeah okay guy try being a single father and a homeowner and you do tattoos for a living you’ll be hustling them tats on IG REAL quick trying to eat. Ps follow me on IG @dannyreistattoo

  • elsongs
    elsongs 15 days ago

    Some excellent points, but he lost a lot of credibility when he revealed that he never used Social Media. If I want to quit smoking, I'd rather hear how to do it from an ex-smoker rather than someone who never smoked before.

  • Younas Khan
    Younas Khan 15 days ago

    The only people offended by this talk:
    1. The guy named Mark
    2. A six years old kid

  • Gabi A.
    Gabi A. 15 days ago +2

    I need to quit social media NOW! I already knew it causes psychological effects, but not cognitive ones, i am terrified

  • Vinay Kumar Dubey
    Vinay Kumar Dubey 16 days ago +1

    Social media increases two things
    1) fear of losing
    2) strengthening of ego

  • Malik Kosar
    Malik Kosar 16 days ago

    Ted needs to stop hiding from us

  • Alice Zhou
    Alice Zhou 17 days ago

    I recently stopped going on facebook because 90% of the posts from my "friends" are vapid and explicitly ego-feeding, but I still go on Instagram because I enjoy photography and seeing aesthetically pleasing photos. Sometimes if you follow the right accounts you regularly gain bitesized but fascinating info about useful topics. Sure, the people you follow that you know in real life may post envy-inducing pictures of them traveling all over the world, but most of the time it's just average joes or janes fishing for compliments or mundane food pics.

  • Dean Winchester
    Dean Winchester 17 days ago

    I rarely look at my Facebook. It’s mostly ads and clickbait articles.

  • Kosal Yous
    Kosal Yous 17 days ago

    Seeing and hearing things that are not true most of the times and scamers out there calling u?..i need a life.

  • Box Boss
    Box Boss 17 days ago

    I would not have heard of you if not for Social Media!!!......I have learned many things from social media .....

  • Asmaa Ni
    Asmaa Ni 18 days ago +2

    I quit facebook years ago
    and I am happy with what I did

    • Micah Taylor
      Micah Taylor 5 days ago

      +Asmaa Ni some very great points. Thanks for sharing and good luck.

    • Asmaa Ni
      Asmaa Ni 6 days ago +1

      +Micah Taylor Lots of things
      1. I do not waste my time anymore
      2. I do not get depression because of comparing my life to others lives which are in fact all fake on social media
      3. When I have work to do I just learnt to focus on doing the work instead of escaping to Facebook which had improved my focus level
      4. I live my life : my real life instead of being addicted to social media life because these social media are designed to let us addicted the whole day in order to make them more profit

    • Micah Taylor
      Micah Taylor 6 days ago

      What've you noticed since quitting?

  • Sergio Martinez
    Sergio Martinez 18 days ago

    I quit social media right after high school and now im 26 and honesty i love it man I swear people are missing out. there's so much beauty in this world and I have met so much postive people.

    • Micah Taylor
      Micah Taylor 6 days ago

      That is so true mate. It's incredible what you see when you put your phone down for just a second. Good luck dude.

  • Anil Koirala
    Anil Koirala 18 days ago +2

    he is using a social media platform to tell us to quit social media.

  • euphronis venus
    euphronis venus 19 days ago +1

    I ve quitted instagram(for 6 mths) and facebook(for 3 mths) too, but today I activated again because I felt that I missed out a lot of things and in my country it s like you can t even date or talk to somenone if u don t have social media and you re seen as a weird human. now, I m back, but after this time I find insta and fb sf boring, I don't even feel that I rlly need to give likes, to follow people etc, literally I don t see the necessity of this and idk what to do. maybe it s the pressure around me, idk. I would love a world without social media

    • Micah Taylor
      Micah Taylor 6 days ago +1

      I definitely understand where you're coming from. But dont let society tell you what you should do, etc. Do your own thing. Good luck man.

  • Blonded Man
    Blonded Man 19 days ago +1

    This is true, I do nothing NOTHING on Instagram and get so anxious and nervous when I hop on there. I get so jealous when I see people I know have so many followers. I need to stop, what I thought was gonna be fun and innocent has been a nightmare

  • Thea Mjolnir
    Thea Mjolnir 19 days ago +1

    I quit social media and found more time to do things that matters.

  • A Ch
    A Ch 20 days ago

    never had anything but the most basic youtube subscription..and its been gr8..now i know im not really missing out anything that wasnt experienced in high school. And there was myspace then...never joined that either. Its nice being somewhat anonymous. low self esteem averted. comparing yourself to everyone is a futile exercise.

  • adrian coelho
    adrian coelho 21 day ago

    Basically. Stop using social media and buy my book instead!

  • Abu Ubaidah Al Mifdhal Al Jarrah of Melacca

    *Taking decision wether to delete FB and Insta or not.*
    *Clock ticking*


  • tysshodge85
    tysshodge85 21 day ago +1

    Iv have wasted 10 years of my life on social media my god its bad as any drug like alcohol

  • Maasai Warrior
    Maasai Warrior 21 day ago

    I thought I am always the one who feel bad just after login to Facebook.

  • TheLastWarrior
    TheLastWarrior 22 days ago

    2 years been without social media it’s filled with a ego driven self importance image. I’m more peaceful and free

  • Wiilka Reer Cigalle TV

    You just joking 🙃.

  • Brandon Zurvalec
    Brandon Zurvalec 22 days ago

    His argument about "fragmented attention" is the one that really got me, as I have gradually come to see how dangerous it is to take a quick peek at this, then that, etc. There have actually been some days in which I have done this so much (and commented too much to boot) that by the end of the day, my brain felt like a bunch of Goddamn scrambled eggs! In reaction to this, I made a rule that I'm only allowed to make 2 e-comments per day (this is my second and final one for today) and when going on RU-clip, for example, I PLAN what I'm actually looking for and don't just mindlessly scroll and click this, click that, etc. As for Facebook, I'm just going to ditch it for the reason given above and others.

  • Dolly Parihar
    Dolly Parihar 22 days ago

    Guys when I quit my social media first two days i was very upset nd trying to reinstall it but i started other activities like gym, music, reading books nd youtube nd now I m fine without using social media.

  • Staci
    Staci 23 days ago

    Everyone should quit social media that is for sure!

  • Raheema Javid
    Raheema Javid 23 days ago

    I’m much better off after social media.
    I do a lot more for myself and my own happiness, rather than so I can post it online.

  • WIll Tribe
    WIll Tribe 23 days ago

    Social media kills intimacy & increases isolation & addictive behaviour. It sucks your attention away from people around you. It wants your eyeballs permanently fixed on that screen.

  • Jessa Baliguat
    Jessa Baliguat 24 days ago +1

    I quit my facebook and instagram after watching this months ago.

    • Micah Taylor
      Micah Taylor 24 days ago

      How has everything been for you since quitting?

  • 19_oam_95
    19_oam_95 24 days ago

    The real challenge is quitting youtube

  • Lou Costello
    Lou Costello 24 days ago

    When, as an actor and filmmaker, I know the bottom line for many casting directors and film distributors is "Well, how strong is your social media presence?" I have become frustrated . . . because I feel in my heart what you say is true and so many of my "kind" are chasing the dragon with likes and followers. It's a grand ball of madness.

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    Aaron Wheagar 24 days ago

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  • sara samsara
    sara samsara 24 days ago

    Quitting it as he speaks!

  • Brian Barrett
    Brian Barrett 25 days ago

    >cough< dopamine addiction...>cough...cough

  • Victoria Ieshia
    Victoria Ieshia 25 days ago +1

    I left Instagram and other social media’s last night. I am addicted to Instagram and I felt my self esteem become low and comparing myself to other people. I don’t think I could leave it permanently but I will for the next couple months.

    • Micah Taylor
      Micah Taylor 24 days ago

      Even some time off can do drastic things for your mental health. Good luck on your journey!

  • Kashyap Shirodkar
    Kashyap Shirodkar 25 days ago

    But use it if you want to grow your business

  • Dyski
    Dyski 25 days ago +1

    For journalists and people in News industry, it has become impossible and not practical to quit social media.

  • Stellar Astar
    Stellar Astar 26 days ago

    I love this man!

  • Lexxx
    Lexxx 26 days ago +1

    you cannot be so dogmatic as to reject the reality that social media is integral to successful marketing in this day and age. However, I do agree that on an emotional and personal level, it can be harmful.