What if Einstein had used Facebook?

What if Einstein had used Facebook?

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What if Einstein had been alive in the age of social media? What if he'd been tweeting, instagramming, and facebooking away to his heart's content whilst creating his general theory of relativity, E = mc2 and more?

What if Einstein had used Facebook?

The idea for this post was sparked by an article by Gabriel Gervelis. He essentially argues that Einstein would have been all over Facebook and Twitter; firing off status updates (and presumably selfies) with regularity. Here's the final paragraph of the piece.

Einstein challenged authority every chance he had. He did this through his reasoning, thought experiments, and his drive to question what has already been accepted by the masses. If Einstein was alive today, I bet he would utilize social media to the extreme. He would create an army of people that shared his vision … to further mankind.

Interesting thoughts, but I would argue the opposite. Because Einstein was clearly one of the world's great achievers. He understood how to focus on his craft, and importantly he understood that reading, information, and learning is important, but so is the art of deep creative thinking. Consider this Einstein quote.

Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.

Was that written by a narcissist compelled to announce to the world what he had for breakfast? Was that written by a man liable to be distracted by pictures of his best friend's sister's new puppy on Facebook, or status updates from 'friends' that he'd actually met once on a night out in Faces at 3am? I'd say that was written by someone who understood the need to switch off.

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The implications of Einstein Facebook Theory* (*As I'm calling it)

How can you apply that quote to your own life? Simply rework the quote by substituting 'Facebook' for 'reading' or 'read', and look again.

Facebook, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who uses Facebook too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.

Obviously I’ve used a little creative licence there, but I think it works. There's nothing wrong with a bit of Facebook, but then when you're ready to get down to the business of being a high performer, put it away. It’s what Albert would have wanted.

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Maybe finishing second isn't so bad after all?

Maybe finishing second isn't so bad after all?

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