Information Overload

Information Overload is an increasing problem both in the workplace, and in life in general. Those that learn to deal with it effectively will have a major advantage in the next few years.  Since I was young, I have always had a minimalistic approach to life.  I only keep those things that are useful to me in every day life.  I do not ‘collect’ things and I have never been one to hold on to old love letters from high school or college.  I am organized to a fault and operate best when things are in order and minimal.  I don’t like clutter or knick knacks and I enjoy the process of organizing in general (computer files, sock drawer, tool box, you name it).

So of course the last decade has posed a huge problem for me with advances in technology and everything that brings (information overload). It seems nowadays, everywhere you go you have information at your fingertips.  People are constant on their smartphones texting, emailing, Facebooking, Googling, Tweeting, Sharing, etc.  Updates and information are bombarding people from various networking platforms at a constant rate!  How do we sift through all the unimportant junk and discern what is useful and what is not?  Are people becoming desensitized to information and the constant streaming of data that is pouring into their phones, computers, televisions, and other media devices?  With widespread access to the Web, people are able to send texts, emails, tweets in a moment’s notice with little effort.  Because of this, an “oversharing” phenomenon has started and will continue to overwhelm us as time progresses.

Technology is great, don’t get me wrong…I love it!  But at some point a line needs to be drawn.  Question is, who draws the line?  And at what point will it happen?  As the capabilities of sending, receiving, and storing information increase with technology; organizing, managing, and archiving this data/information becomes increasingly challenging as well.