Today we have so much information it is paralyzing. From the beginning of our lives we have been inundated with information overload. Telling us to buy this, eat this, or go here is an everyday experience. Whether you watch 10 minutes of TV, read a book, listen to music, drive a car, or have a conversation with a human (as opposed to a conversation with your dog, they cannot talk back), we are bombarded with information. Information overload can render us to utter confusion on what to do next.
I love information. I love to learn as much as possible about something. There are never enough blog post written, never enough conversations had, never enough books written about information. I am in a constant state of downloading information to my brain. From 730 in the morning until 1130 at night I consume information. I often wonder if there is a time that I need to shut down?
I like to give my computer a break every once and a while. Instead of putting it to sleep, I will shut it down to rest. Because even when it is asleep the hard drive is still working, power is still being consumed, and the computer is still on. Now if we look at our brains like a giant mega man computer then we see that it needs a shut down time, a chance to detach and take a break. But if you are like me, this is one of the hardest things to do. I mean where do you go to shut down? Everywhere I go I am consuming some form of information. I got the information, but I do not know what to do with it all?
The world is filled with so much information that the right information is being buried in the noise. The actual information that we need to hear often gets mixed in with pointless information that no one really needs to know (like Miley Cirus’s Birthday). I wonder though if we know so much information that we are more about consuming and less about acting? The statement, “information overload” takes on a whole meaning when you like at the amount of information we are processing. What if we stopped focusing on information and more on content?
Are we content driven or truth driven? For some people it is about giving as much information as possible, and for others it is about giving the right information at the right time. I want to focus more on the right information and less on the amount of information.
How do you take a break?
BTW: Come back later on a post about google and their mission on information.