“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.” From the introduction on You Tube.
Cal explores 3 key objections he hears regularly when he suggests to people they quit social media. He further suggests that the objections are, not to put to fine a point on it, nonsense. One objection is that is does no harm, another is that it is a fundamental technology we cannot do without and a third is that it is vital to our success in the 21st Century.
Today, take just over 10 minutes to hear an argument from ‘the other side’. Many of us feel social media is harmless, fundamental and vital to our lives. Yet, there are others who do not share this view. As you listen, is your mind chatter trying to object to Cal’s argument? Are you trying to convince him that he is wrong? Are you checking the google for the accuracy of the research he quotes? Then, you can be sure your interpersonal attention needs sprucing up. Your job today is just to listen and understand his argument…and perhaps create a little room in the world for diverse views and perspectives?