Just as too much junk food can lead to obesity, too much information can lead to stupidity.
Clay Johnson’s book, The Information Diet, shows you how to thrive in this information glut, but you must accept that there is no such thing as information overload.
Once we begin to accept that information technology is neutral and cannot possibly rewire our brains without our consent or cooperation, something else becomes really clear: there’s no such thing as information overload.
It’s the best “first world problem” there is. “Oh, my inbox is so full,” or “I just can’t keep up with all the tweets and status updates and emails” are common utterances of the digital elite. Though we constantly complain of it—of all the news, and emails, and status updates, and tweets, and the television shows that we feel compelled to watch—the truth is that information is not requiring you to consume it. It can’t: information is no more autonomous than fried chicken, and it has no ability to force you to do anything as long as you are aware of how it affects you. There has always been more human knowledge and experience than any one human could absorb. It’s not the total amount of information, but your information habit that is pushing you to whatever extreme you find uncomfortable. (more…)