The Netherlands, 1961. Back “In them old days, when life was simple and easy”. To put things in perspective: The Second World War ended just 16 years before that, John F. Kennedy succeeded Dwight Eisenhower as the 35th president of the United States, Frank Sinatra forms his own record label (Reprise Records) and Playboy Magazine was only ten years in existence.
The Internet was just a “mere twinkle” in the eye of Daddy U.S. Defense and The Andy Griffith Show was on TV back then. If you can remember all this, then you are a member of a very elite group of people.
If you are born in that era – or if you are maybe just a little bit older – you are member of the people that has seen the world change from the laid back easy days to what it is now.
A super fast paced, over heated, busy melting pot of new ideas, ways of thinking, inventions, music, sex, images, news.
All presented to you in every way possible. Radio, TV, Magazines, Movies, The Internet, you name it. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by all the information that’s being poured over you like a supercharged Niagara Falls. It’s easy to drown, get lost.
You’ll end up like a little yellow rubber ducky bobbing on the waves, drifting, with no destination or goal. Information overload and you’ll end up knowing less – in the end.
There are some ways how you could deal with “The Information Overload”. Get the most out of what you read, hear and see. This is what I do. I am not saying it’s the way to go, but it works for me!
- Try to get the information you need by just skimming the headlines. Focus on what you need and read the article if it really interests you. That’s why I try to come up with catchy headlines for my blog posts.
- Skip reading shit. If you don’t really need that info just leave it.
- Avoid going into detail about everything. If you do that, you are fighting a losing battle. That little head of your’s can just hold so much information.
- Select your sources of information. If you need information for some research you are doing for an article try Wikipedia first and work from there.
- Don’t believe everything you read – or see for that matter. Or hear, or feel. Use your gut feeling.
- The internet holds information about everything. Don’t try to memorize it. (or the phone book for that matter).
Information Overload Syndrome.
If you think you are safe form Information Overload you are totally WRONG. You are, believe me…
If you need help on this subject go here. Serious shit, huh?
How do you deal with the information you get during your travels on the internet?
P.s. I was not born in ’61…