In this episode, Cal Newport provides us with a distinct perspective about the role of social media in the competitive market and further elaborates its actual cost and danger to the skills relevant to the 21st-century economy.
According to Cal Newport, the market values the ability to produce things that are rare, relevant, and valuable. However, the use of social media proves to have an adverse effect on your abilities in the long run. He explains that social media fragments your attention, which has a detrimental effect on your concentration. And if you lose your ability to sustain concentration, then you lose the skills that the market actually values. For this reason, Cal reminds us to be wary of social media unless a positive and clear benefit is identified.
Finally, Cal gives us a glimpse of what life is like without social media—productive, peaceful, prosperous.
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