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.

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Times Have Changed

My how times have changed! In the past 10 years it is incredible how much technology has changed and advanced! It seems like only yesterday VHS tapes were all the rage, ha! I was born in the 70’s and grew up with 8-tracks, VHS, and audio tapes. CDs became popular in high school but VHS was still the way to go when it came to watching movies. DVDs came on the market when I was in college and now we can watch anything, from anywhere at anytime all from the click of a mouse on our computer or phone! Streaming media has exploded in the last five years and has taken the world of technology by storm.

iTunes, QuickTime, MediaPlayer, etc. are all ways in which we can watch a video or listen to audio via the Internet. Digital media is accessible to anyone, is easy to use, and can reach millions at one time. YouTube has cornered the market with online video streaming and has over 4 billion views per day! That is crazy. With the advancement in technology, people are constantly recording, sharing, uploading content from their phones and computers. Just last year I started using iMovie on my Mac to create videos for dogs I’ve fostered for my dog rescue. It is so easy and it makes great videos that look professional. There are different templates, themes, and music choices – all you do is drop the video clip in the spot you want and it compiles all the clips together and creates the best videos!

With programs like iMovie, making videos and movies has become so easy and simple compared to years ago. Media streaming has changed the way we learn and do business and communicate with one another and will continue to expand with changing technologies.