Information is everywhere.
It is bombarding us faster than the speed of light. This is definitely been known as the Information Age.
If you even try to comprehend just HOW MUCH information is at our fingertips, it is mind-boggling. Let me try to paint the picture for you.
The world’s technological capacity to store information grew from 2.6 exabytes in 1986 to 295 (optimally compressed) exabytes in 2007. This is equivalent to less than one 730-MB CD-ROMs per person in 1986 (539 MB per person), with an increase to almost 61 CDs per person in 2007. Piling up the imagined 404 billion CDs from 2007 would create a stack from the earth to the moon and beyond.
At our fingertips
As a kid, if I wanted to know something, I had to look it up in a dictionary, an encyclopedia, a reference book, or the Yellow Pages. So many times I had to wait until I could get the library to find out what I wanted to know.
When my oldest was preschool age, we bought a set of World Book Encyclopedias to have that resource in our home. Our daughter was a young reader and began pouring over those encyclopedias, absorbing and learning all she could.
She now has a home of her own with 6 kids, and when her kids want to know something, they just hop on one of their 3 computers and Google what they want to know (obviously with some supervision). Within seconds they find whatever they were looking for.
What a blessing!
Or, is it a curse?
We now have 281 Exabytes (eighteen zeros) of non-stop information that comes in form of emails, attachments, text messages, thought-starters and FYIs. An unbelievable amount.
But what can we do?
Take regular breaks from digital input
Now, obviously, I am not suggesting we go live in a box. But I would recommend that you set aside some time to unplug on a regular basis.
Daily- Turn off the laptop, turn off the TV, spend some time outside, play with your kids, snuggle up to someone you love.
Weekly- Have at least half day a week that you are unplugged, and see if you can work up to a full day. Many try to take Sunday as a digital sabbatical.
Once or twice a year- Take a weekend or more to close the computer and walk away. You may have to have your phone, but use it only for calling and texting.
Reduce the amount of info coming in
- Do you really need to read all the “news” on Yahoo’s home page?
- How many blogs do you have going to your Reader?
- Do you have to listen to the news on the radio, watch it at 6 and again at 11?
- Unsubscribe from all unnecessary emails.
- Turn off notifications on your phone.
- Have scheduled times when you check email, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
- Do you really need to receive catalogs and magazines by mail anymore?
Think of ways you can reduce what you have bombarding your brain and filling your personal space.
What are some ways you want to reduce your information overload?