Information Consumption Overload
The way we consume information has changed dramatically in the past twenty years.
Instead of relying on radio, TV or newspapers many of us head to the internet and social media. We are overwhelmed with information. Many people feel we are in information consumption overload. More and more people are simply choosing to opt out entirely because they feel maxed out.
Last year I started opting out of all online marketing.
I unsubscribed from places like Anthro, Mod Cloth etc. I feel better having done that. Less temptation to spend money on stuff I don’t need.
The amount of blogs I read has decreased dramatically over the past couple of years.
Blogging is my preferred form of social media because it feels more connected and authentic than Instagram. I am very loyal to the blogs I have chosen to keep reading, commenting almost every time I read them.
I follow more people on Instagram but I interact with very few of them. Simply “hearting” someone does not feel like an authentic interaction to me. I don’t feel the need or desire to interact with people on Instagram. They feel as lifeless, disconnected and unreal to me as the models in a Vogue magazine. Is that because they have curated unrealistic feeds of inauthentic lives?
A study by the owners of Instagram, Facebook, revealed that when people spend lots of time passively consuming information – reading but not interacting with people – they report feeling worse afterwards.
A girlfriend of mine succinctly described this as diminishing ourselves because of the fake and highly curated images of someone else, AKA the “comparison trap”.
Are you guilty of falling into the comparison trap?
I know I can feel woefully inadequate if I spend too much time scrolling Instagram. I’m very thankful my feed is broken up with cute pugs and French bulldogs.
For daily news I currently read three different websites hoping that somewhere, in the middle of all the bias, lays a remote version of the truth.
There is too much fake news and highly edited newsfeeds to trust any one site.
Some days I avoid reading the news altogether, I only skim the headlines and head straight the comedy section. The news is too overwhelming and depressing.
Limiting where and how I choose to consume information is curating my personal feed of how I want to view the world.
Do you seek out websites and forums of like-minded people that affirm your already held beliefs?
Are we creating a greater chasm because we choose to no longer be exposed to depressing realities and outrageous opposing views?
Is the way we consume information shaping our lives?