I don’t know about you, but sometimes, I feel like there’s just too much information out there at the same time. It’s like someone who just keeps talking and wouldn’t be quiet or even listen and that’s when I say ‘Shut the fuck up!’ Personally, I try to take in what I can at a time and don’t even intend killing myself in the process. I get headaches when I have too much going on in my head and I just know it’s time to cool off, get a distraction or just shut down. Now, that’s what information overload is about. Let’s see some definitions.
Information overload is the exposure to or provision of too much information or data. On Wikipedia, it is the difficulty in understanding an issue and effectively making decisions when one has too much information about that issue. Generally, the term is associated with the excessive quantity of daily information. It is also known as infobesity, infoxication, information anxiety, and information explosion. Now, that’s a lot of grammar to take in if you ask me.
Yeah, we’re in the knowledge economy and we deal with way too much information on subject matters we sometimes need to make references for the sake of clarity. There’s too many digital marketing experts, too many ideas on money management, too many self-help books, too many motivational speakers, too much of this and that. Now, don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against all of these experts because well, the abundance of information is good for options, but it surely has disadvantages.
For instance, during the lockdown, there was just too much of everyone putting their business out there. From webinars, to chats, to virtual meetings, to everyone showing off their creativity, giving ideas, selling their product, rendering a service, pitching and just putting out all they’ve got. It was totally great and helpful, buh it was crazy and at some point, a disservice. Sincerely, I had to shut down and do things that took my mind off the media.
When there’s too much information, it slows down productivity, creativity and really isn’t good for people who already have an indecisive personality. It leaves people feeling confused, stressed out, depressed, leads to making mistakes because of trying to do it this way other than that way and yeah, low self-esteem somehow sets in. Sometimes, the stress tells on our physical and mental health. Our brains get clammed and jammed up, leaving people blank because there’s too much to process. Ya know that moment when a system or PC hangs? That’s it! Here’s a little help for times like that- you need to take a break, hibernate, sleep or simply shut down. It’s okay to take a break and chill out!
We have social media networks with different engaging features, but there’s too much of it sometimes and all we need to do is put off our data, turn off the MiFi or router and go out more, meet up with real people in real places, make phone calls, listen to music, dance, draw, paint, write or journal, start gardening, get back to the gym or cook, spend more time in the shower or tub, take some selfies, stand outside and watch the ants crawl or do anything besides surfing the net or swiping through social media pages.
You should always put your health first and this may seem insignificant, but too much of information will not help you become the best version of yourself or help you live an even better, happier and fulfilling life. Don’t say I didn’t tell you anything…