“Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.” — Gertrude Stein
Do you agree?
See, I look at this and interpret ‘information’ as actual information; knowledge; facts etc, not information as ‘oh hey, here’s a photo of my lunch, and a video of some cats’. I call that ‘filler’.
Our days are filled with ‘filler’ and very little actual information. We live on our phones and we’re too attached to our social media feeds. The rise of social media and technology in society has ‘dumbed down’ people, because that’s all they have. I mean, come on, they have ‘LOL speak’ now for texting, which has all but destroyed the English language.
The only way I could agree that my days are filled with information, is when I’m spending my days reading news articles or doing research on certain topics, then I can confidently say yep, I learnt something today. Otherwise it’s just another day.
Looking at it from a different perspective, using the concept of all social media as ‘information’ then yes, that could be considered as information overload. It’s quite often I scroll through my Facebook newsfeed, and my eyes glaze over because it’s all the same boring stuff – there’s very little variety in what people post. Then there’s twitter and YouTube and every other social media network people are using. Sometimes I think people just live on their twitter newsfeed 24/7 – I imagine that that would be it’s own full time job eventually – ‘Twitter Specialist’ and if it ever gets to that point, it’ll mark a very sad day for humanity.