I have been reading several recent articles, on Medium and elsewhere, that deal with how so many of us are being overwhelmed with “inputs” from all directions. To keep up with all of the possibilities of topics that interest us can take half the day. This is especially true of people who feel that social networks, keeping up with their friends and the gossip, is important. Add that to the news cycles, which are constant and endless, the sports stories, and then all of the things that most people get from work. Many people get 200 emails a day from work.
It leaves a person slumped over a screen of some sort for most of their waking hours. Add that to all the crap they eat while looking at the screen, and it can give someone a very unhealthy life.
The difficulty comes of course, when a person has to make a decision. How can anyone feel that they have enough, and the final, information. This is especially true because media is so tends to grab stories before they are finished, and put out information about new discoveries before they are complete or verified. So many “new cures” or break-throughs” turn out to be based on changes in two people or are really just the first step in a ten-year process that may not actually work.
Information about politics and world news, which really should be an important part of everyone’s knowledge, has become a morass of screaming distortions, full of trolls, slander, anger and hate. The Internet, and how it allows people to remain anonymous, has certainly contributed to the divisiveness that has wrecked our political process.
I think Mike’s suggestions are very good ones, but it is very difficult to develop that kind of discipline when new pings are coming in every twenty seconds, and the next one could alter so much of what came before.
I have been trying how to figure out which aspects of the marvelous, constantly changing new technological world I want in my life. I have been writing about it here: https://medium.com/choosing-our-future
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