Information Deluge: Why The Internet Distracts You?

By Aditi Dasgupta in Internet Tags: Internet, How much Information, About Internet

Information deluge is almost like the wrath of the internet. We tell you how. Too much of information around us, does that make our work faster or do we actually get bogged down? Billions of news pieces, information and other creative articles are breeding every second in the internet. People self-publish, blog, post RSS feeds and introduce web spaces to spread, create and circulate ideas that apparently matter to all of us. This was bound to happen. It is like a chocolate pie, we want lots of it even if we do not have a very steady digestion.

We are here to show you the symptoms of information deluge:

  •  AN INVOLUNTARY SEARCH: Even if we are not looking for information, we still manage to click on those flashing ad columns. Advertisers want to tap our attention and we give it to them in surplus.

  • WE SKIP, HOP, JUMP: All professionals, students and the rest want to sniff out all the developments pertaining to their fields on a regular basis. Unable to follow RSS feeds regularly, we find ourselves immersed in over 100 mails. We manage to keep a track but it is a classic case of iron-ball effect. You drown with lots of water in your mouth. This way at the end of the day, information tires us out or rather at one point everything we read fails to register in our brains!
  •   A LACK OF STIMULI: Internet fails to motivate us after the breakdown. And every individual is bound to have one at some point of time or the other as the research goes. 

The most predictable and apparent scare is information breakdown. It is time we get a little distracted from this information deluge and prioritize.
Below are a few tips that can prevent you to reach that saturation point:

  1.  People spend two hours minimum to search for the right information. It is a must to realize that the more information you get, the harder it becomes to take a decision.Too many choices= an unstable decision.
  2. Not all information is optimized. Therefore, it is better to have access to one RSS feed that will filter and streamline the information that you want to actually read and absorb.
  3.   Create a virtual library of your own. Store data that will have some shelf-life. This way you can prevent yourself from investing hours into random searches.
  4. If your latest search online does not give out productive or relevant information, then it is time you construct your own research placing it within the context. This way hopping on from one website to the other to find a relevant line or two can be prevented. So, learn to choose while you search.

It is time we avoid searching and start finding what we actually need!

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