Today, more than ever before, our lives are bombarded by an endless flow of information. We no longer need to wonder about anything. Within seconds we can find the answer to almost any question, distract ourselves with entertainment, and buy whatever we’d like at the click of a button. In a world of limitless information, non-stop updates, live feeds, and commentary, it can feel impossible to switch off.
Why there is such a thing as too much information:
With so much multitasking, scattered concentration and disrupted thinking becoming a part of everyday life it’s easy to feel like you’re being pulled in lots of different directions at the same time. Scarily, information-overload begins to feel normal and it actually becomes more and more difficult to switch off. Social media giants, such as Facebook, have recently admitted that their products were designed to consume our conscious attention and provide psychological rewards through dopamine hits when someone likes or comments on our engagement. Engineered in the same way as addictive slot machines, the apps on our devices are specifically engineered to provide irregularly timed reward patterns and keep us glued to our phones.
Have you noticed that you’ve experienced any of these common symptoms of information overload?
Our top-tips to minimise information overload:
Our favourite tools to help you find an analogue sanctuary:
It might seem impossible to disconnect in today’s world, but by setting yourself a few boundaries you can give your thinking mind a bit of downtime and even find the time to rediscover some of your favourite activities.