'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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To me, Instagram is less toxic than Facebook. On Instagram I look at handbags, dresses and videos of cute animals. I come in with the mindset that everything on Instagram is heavily edited, like acting. On Facebook, it is more personal. People low key take a dig at each other with cryptic status updates, one up one another, fight over political views, stalking exes, etc. I walked away from Facebook for months, and it has given me so much peace. When I logged in, everything felt different. It was just ridiculous in a way, it felt so foreign. And I walked away again.
So he wants people to quit social media because his college business failed and Facebook took off. lol. Nah, As long as you can multitask, social media is not an issue that requires you to quit altogether.
66 yr old man and never been on social media. EVER. Trying to break free from the internet and YouTube. Spend way too much time looking at my phone. Never thought that would happen to me. Being alone most of the time definitely contributes to those problems.
Hey Cal, you're my favorite non-fiction author. Your book 'deep work' has changed significantly how I perform my profession. I'm a software developer and constant shallow work had made my life miserable.
This pretentious lecturer quit social media out of jealousy toward his competitor, Mark Zuckerberg. Today's world without social media is technically impossible. This is a fact we should admit. However, like anything else, we need to control it lest it shall not be an addiction.
2.5 years ago I stopped using Facebook and last year we deleted it. Last month I cut my home internet and next month I'm getting rid of my smartphone. During the time I used social media less, I managed to learn so much and be much more productive
I have only one objection to this. YouTube is also a form of social media. The minute you comment on something and you look for replies to the comment, YouTube turns into social media and that’s without getting into the fact that they have just integrated changes into it that give you the option to make it even more so.
Now that I took down all of my Social Media Recently I'm gonna stay off of the Internet and on Social Media I'm gonna go back to what I Started at the beginning which means I'm gonna start my Early Childhood all over again stuff like: Playing Video Games, Watching TV, Listening to Music (Grab a Portable CD Player and Listen to all of my CDs I still own since Childhood), Write in Journals, read a Couple of Books, and Draw alot of Cartoons that's what I'm gonna do from Now on Instead of going on the Internet and on Social Media
There is something fake about this speaker I just can't put my hands on it. The issue is bigger than what he presents. One can argue that social media is not bad and that people pass on their negative qualities like envy that affects their mental health.
Oh god I hate instagram ! people are reading less and less and thanks to instagram its getting worse ! if you just write more than 2 sentences they are out ! what is going to happen for next generations ? are they gonna read books ?!!
I really like the slot machine metaphor.
I removed myself from Facebook for about five years and benefited greatly from it.
I recently put myself back onto Facebook and I'm suffering from it in a great many ways.
Now I'm back off of it again and the initial twitches are gone. I'm sure discontinued use will bring me back to peace.
I read this book and enjoyed it very much. I find myself wasting more and more time during work just by having my computer open to this or that. Reading articles is now replaced by reading Facebook. Skipping around on short youtube videos has replaced listening to whole albums or the radio while working. Very fragmented. I have closed my Facebook off and on for years but always seem to reopen it for "fear of missing out" as they say. Hoping this time will be the last time.
Facebook had its time in the sun, and now?....its a place for hate-speech, all manner of shaming, and people who are "trapped" into believing that the "Likes" they get actually equate to self-worth. I have a FB account?.....but I hardly USE my FB account.....I have way too many other things going on in my life, from marriage, to college for my kid.....so no....I won't be sitting online for the next 7 hours posting things that I hope & pray will garner me a few Likes.
Bottom line?....real life is happening EVERY DAY....and you sitting in front of your PC for the next three days?....is just you wasting your life. Facebook is not the crux of your existence, get OFF of it, ......and get back to LIVING!
"Facebook" really molded me into an insecure, angry, jealous and depressed person..for many years. It was a major negative distraction. The biggest mistake I made was NOT deleting my account earlier than I should've and it was difficult doing that..so I truly commend all those who disconnect themselves from social media.
I removed fb 2 weeks ago forever and I feel weird, but I know it will be better for me! I still exchange real letters with foreign friends and it is awesome! I noticed that fb is not a place for communication, either relationships anymore. I have started to build my rral social life again
I only use facebook for event notifications for parties etc. I hate facebook and don't use it to socialise, I also use it to educate sometimes or to help. facebook has an addiction problem and I see people waste their lives on it and it saddens me. I just check the events bit and I'm off. I would delete it but I've found some many festivals, vegan fairs etc etc
This is relative. One argument he didn't bring up as a benefit: i travel a lot and meet people while traveling . There are many people i would have never seen again if it wasn't for Facebook or Instagram. Often times i happen to be in the same city as a friend while traveling and facebook reminds me of this. I couldn't imagine staying in touch with all the people i know without social media. I know there are phone numbers. But i dont have a record of where everyone is at a given time and i wouldn't have kept in touch with them otherwise.
I came here wanting to be further convinced to quit social media which I’ve been trying to do for a while, but I don’t think he should’ve led by saying he’s never used it and that the reason for that was spite when Facebook started. I think it inhibited his argument.
I was highly active on reddits political sub reddits and the best way I could describe my experince was if George orwells 1984 had included memes and Nazis because we all know racism and antisemitism Is double plus good think or in newspeak terms "valuable conversation" right steve huffman? And that is when I decided it was time to quit reddit.
I would argue that using social media for business/marketing is - while not absolutely mandatory - an undoubtedly beneficial asset in this day and age. A brand can grow exponentially thanks to Social Media Marketing, and that's how many arts-related brands are discovered and shared in the first place. Think of Owl City, Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper, etc: artists who rose to fame BECAUSE of social media. I think in building and maintaining a brand for 2018-onward, social media is a hugely useful tool.
That said, I think everything said about personal usage of social media was agreeable. Good talk.
I have stopped using my main accounts, in which I follow friends and people I know and I'm tired of it, I'm sick of how fake everyone is. Pretending to have a perfect life, perfect friends, perfect relationships and I just can't continue filling myself with that. Instead I started using my secondary account in which I follow art accounts, or things that will be much more productive, interesting and beautiful to see.
IMO, I disagree that you shouldn't use social media in any circumstance, specially for branding. If you are the real deal, then I see no problem in spreading your message out there leveraging social media channels to impact a larger audience faster. Organically (without social media), if your product is good then someday it may reach everyone that it's intended to, but we all can agree that if you use social media the right way the time for it to happen can be shortened significantly. We just have to be aware to not fall into the narcisism trap and keep emotional distance from these tools. It can be profitable if used correctly.
People look at me like I have three heads when they ask for my FB, twitter, Insta, etc. and I explain I don't have them. Then they go on to rationalize why they have them to me, which has always been confusing because I'm not judging. I just don't want any part of it.
So basically this video is an big condescendent argument about how you are brainwashed and I'm not. (No other way possible this guy know everything because he NEVER was on facebook.) Congrats
Listen to him.... he can do that, I do that blalbalba because I don't waste my time. Bragguing about how great is his life on youtube seem a lot like what he condamned from facebook.
His conclusion is "shut up I wont argue with you but you better have listen to me for 13min" No applause what a surprise. I guess no one learn anything.
The 1 reason he didn't mention and would illustrate his point with the most impact is the fact that the people who create and maintain these platforms refuse to let their children use it. They're not allowed on social media and not allowed smart phones.
Social media, a stalkers right hand man. There are so many problems with this site, the biggest being the danger of it. Anyone can join. Who's to say the wrong person won't join and then stumble across your profile. The rest is history. I also don't get why so many people insist on being friends with over 100 people they don't really know. It's so creepy how society has turned out.
Good video! From 1979 to 1985, throughout junior and senior high, I used a computer only once, in an advanced English class. I love the rapid editing it allows. In 1986, I bought my first. I heard about modems. Why have one? Mo online community, essentially, existed. Even so, I got great value from my computer as a writing tool. Now l use the Internet mostly for research and, as before, my PC primarily for writing.
If im honest I’ve never stuck to it I’ve deleted my social media many times then re installed it but I’m fully never installing it again social media is so toxic we bare the burdens everyday of people we don’t want to see toxic families relationships all sorts we see fake people everyday , fake things people acting like something there not it’s better to stay in reality and be happy and positive
I find he misses what for me is the most important aspect of it. It is a fantastic way of staying in close contact with friends and relatives who you cannot see very often by virtue of living in different countries. Being able to see daily pictures from my daughter's road trip around Norway whilst working on an oil rig in Qatar is of huge benefit to me. Also, being able to indulge in a three way chat with good friends in the UK and the US whilst in the desert in Abu Dhabi is also a good one. And the joy of having got back in touch with friends who I hand't really been able to interact with for years (they moved to New Zealand, I didn't) is another good one. As for the rest, well, I had a couple of job offers from Linkedin that I did not follow up, and I don't think it is important for anything but social purposes, but it is great to know what my friends and family are up to when I am not around. I can't think why anyone would not enjoy that.
I quit facebook 2 weeks ago, I had to keep the account alive but I left every group, unfriended everyone, and I never use the feed. The only reason I kept it is because messenger is the only way I stay in touch with certain groups of friends and although you can have messenger without a facebook account, you can't be part of a group conversation. I made the decision last night to leave Twitter and I might leave Instagram because although it has only been positive (I have been VERY selective with what I follow), it is exactly as he just said, its an attention fragmentation factor. I don't view Youtube as the same sort of Social Media because at least for me, I use it much like a Television. I watch a few videos a day on topics I am interested in, but not throughout the day like you would use facebook or I have used Instagram. Also I have a youtube channel and one of my hobbies is vlogging, and it doesn't take up a lot of time so I am ok with that. Every day since leaving facebook has gotten easier and I honestly don't miss it much, and I suspect that in a little while, I won't miss it at all, and I bet in a while after that I will wonder why I ever wasted so much of my life on it.
Crazy, I quit fb back in 2009 and it’s been great. I had my wife put a time limit on my phone for YouTube and I’m only on it for 45 minutes a day. That’s it. So I have to choose useful videos to watch like this one and not silly time wasting ones. There’s a life out there outside social media and it’s yours. Your true friends will call and text you to link up. Family always calls me and that’s all I need.
The problem is not that Facebook and Google are the only advertising platforms. The problem is that they are considered mainstream media and without these two, the trend of cryptocurrencies gaining legitimacy is delayed. That is right, I said delayed not blocked or prevented.
The World Has Changed.
Five years ago, when bitcoin was unknown to most people, this might have been a fatal move. Today is a different story. I recently traveled to a remote mountain town in the interior of Mexico. Everyone I met had heard about Bitcoin and eyes lit up with excitement when I ask if I could pay for lunch with bitcoin.
Today are dozens of websites dedicated to cryptocurrencies, either holding them, exchanging them or just writing about them. Probably the most effective advertising remains on Google, it is called Google Search and it is free.
If someone wants to learn about owning bitcoin or any other currency, there is a ton of educational information.
The Flipside Is Being Ignored.
Not All Regulation Is Inherently Bad.
If we examine the full spectrum of regulation to this point on a global scale there is one common target most everywhere. That is the practice of exchanges. So far there has been little or not regulation, threatened or enacted, to protect investors from loss of funds due to security breaches.
Capitulation Is A Good Sign.