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Adventures in social media enlightenment

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The internet is full of fluff and click-bait

Image by ginnerobot. Used under a CC 2.0 license.

Image by ginnerobot. Used under a CC 2.0 license.

As part of my digital spring clean, I’ve been trying to kick the terrible habit I have of seeing an interesting looking article, opening it in a new tab and then never reading it. I end up with so many tabs open that the favicons are no longer visible and I have no idea what any of the tabs are. I decided to sort through the tabs I already had open and as I was doing so I read a few of them. I was surprised to find that most of them weren’t very interesting. They had click-bait titles that had drawn me in, but actually the articles themselves weren’t very substantive – they were fluff. Continue reading


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Why I’ve decided to have a social media spring clean

Image by Susy Morris. Used under a CC 2.0 license.

Image by Susy Morris. Used under a CC 2.0 license.

I recently started following a blog called Study Hacks, from computer scientist and academic, Cal Newport. Study Hacks is about decoding patterns of success and looking at why it is that some people have successful careers and are able to lead meaningful lives, whilst others are continually seeking after their life’s passion. Newport argues against the passion hypothesis and instead believes that finding fulfilling work is about honing your craft. 

I first encountered Newport’s blog via a post he wrote about why he has never joined Facebook. In fact, Cal Newport doesn’t use any social media at all (unless you count blogging as social media, which I would argue it is). In reference to Facebook, Newport asks – what problem do I have that this solves? The answer, for Newport, is that it only offers something new, it doesn’t solve a pre-existing problem. Continue reading