Information Overload

December 20, 2016

We live in a time where we have an abundant of information. This was not the case just two decades back. Information was scarce and we had to go either to school or seek some person who had the information that we needed. We live now in an information age where we are constantly bombarded with new information every second. If we are not careful, we will quickly become overwhelmed. And that’s what happening to the current generation. They are becoming information consumers and are consuming loads of information every second and getting hooked to the various sources like social media. Research have shown that it actually acts as a drug and we slowly get addicted to it. Every time someone likes a post or a photo which we uploaded onto a social media platform we get a dopamine hit, and just like every other drug we crave for more over time. This also raises a question about deep work. To do any work of significance we need a higher level of concentration, which can be achieved by focusing our mind for a long duration without any distraction. But in today’s world, it’s becoming very rare as people find it very difficult to focus on one thing for a longer period of time.