Quit Social Media to Make Better Art

True, social media does affect your concentration span.

The Incompetent Writer

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I’ve been ruminating the last few days on this Cal Newport essay. He advises every creative person to get off social media, arguing that posting clever things creates nothing of real value and damages the mind’s ability to focus, to concentrate.

I’ve never had a social media account…

In a recent New York magazine essay, Andrew Sullivan recalled when he started to feel obligated to update his blog every half-hour or so. It seemed as if everyone with a Facebook account and a smartphone now felt pressured to run their own high-stress, one-person media operation, and “the once-unimaginable pace of the professional blogger was now the default for everyone,” he wrote.

I think this behavior is misguided. In a capitalist economy, the market rewards things that are rare and valuable. Social media use is decidedly not rare or valuable. Any 16-year-old with a smartphone can invent a hashtag or…

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