Quit social media

This video is going to be tl:dw; for a lot of people.  I wonder how much of that is due to social media addiction.  😉

It’s a TED talk by Dr. Cal Newport on the dangers of using social media.

The main points he makes are:

  1. Social media is a slot machine in your phone (or computer).
  2. You don’t need social media to succeed professionally.
  3. There are harms associated with using social media (anxiety, fragmented attention).

Here’s the full talk, for those of you who still have attention spans.

Is there anybody out there?

I deleted my Facebook account a few days ago.

I made a post a few days before I deleted it.  I let people know I was going to do it.  I gave them my blog url and email address.

I haven’t gotten any emails.  Not from friends, anyway.

I don’t know what anyone is doing.

I feel cut off.

…are you still out there?

 

Drowning in a sea of social media

If I’d stayed on task I’d be done by now.

I meant to spend the day packing.  Instead I spent the day on social media sites.

Again.

It’s embarrassing.

It’s frustrating.

I’ll never accomplish anything if I don’t take care of this problem.

I think it’s time to leave social media behind.

Learning

Teach children to speak.

To read.

To write.

Teach them how to think.

NOT what to think.

Teach them to think critically.

Teach them to ask questions.

Show them how to find answers to their questions.

Nurture their curiosity.

Offer them help when they need it.

Then, for heaven’s sake, get out of their way.

I’m not saying they should be allowed to spend all day on social media.  Or playing video games.

Give them supervision.  Make sure they’re learning something.

Make sure they know the skills they’ll actually need as an adult.

Give them the resources they need.

Don’t force them to memorize a bunch of facts, regurgitate them onto a test, then never use them again.

Help them find their talents and grow them.

Let them run around and play when they need to.  They’ll focus better afterwards.

Don’t turn learning into drudgery.

Someone who loves learning will become a lifelong learner and make a great contribution to the world.

Someone who hates learning will become a dullard who never picks up a book again after they finish school.

Trying to be authentic

One of the problems I have with social media is that most people only show the good part of their lives.

I’m all for positivity.

But surely not everything in your life is wonderful.

Surely you have bad days.

I want to know who my friends really are.  Good and bad.

I haven’t been one to share much of anything.

I’m making up for that now.  😉