Information Overload

Hello Readers,

This age we are faced with some unique situations not faced by any who are not part of this generation Z. We get to know a lot of needed information through the world wide web. We can get any kind of information at our fingertips. Nothing can escape the eyes of the all powerful internet. Everybody is willingly part of it – but is everyone aware of the true nature of it. Is everyone aware of the good and bad faces of it? Even while storing huge amounts of data online, the internet is vastly expanding and making everything part of it. From very personal data to office data to national security data anything and everything is part of it in this information age. Many movies come up with all kinds of possible things that could go wrong when this information is misused or the systems turn mutated. May be the movies show a negative utopia. But that does not mean every aspect of these movies are wrong in their imagination or shall i say judgement. Most notable of these movies are the “The Terminator series”, “The Transformers series”, ” iRobot”, and all kinds of movie showing the dominance of the machine over mankind.

While I was staying at a cosmopolitan city, I was taken aback by the amount of hoarding and banners for advertising what not. I got so irritated about it. I could not stop myself from reading the ads, though I did not want to. Yes I can read a language and its scriptures but it doesn’t mean I have to read every word of it when comes in front of me. I could do nothing; its like our brain is trained to read the scriptures of the language you know wherever you see it. Fast forward five years and nowadays I am forced into reading so many needed or unnecessary information in the form of animated gifs, images, videos etc.. through whatsapp, FB, twitter and all social webbies. Why do I need to know something when in reality I would not use even a part of the information in my life. Many websites show their content appealing and yet nothing usually comes of it after reading the article except a few worthy reads.

The format in many places is numbered posts – examples include ’14 things to do before you go to trip’, 33 places you must visit before you are 33′, ‘111 questions to ask yourself’ etc. These numbered post mostly make one read the article no matter how stupid the topic is. Other format is health related posts and videos mostly targeting on people who are always afraid what is wrong with their body and those seeking fitness information. Though we read it, we never seem to follow it and we go with our own regimen when it comes to fitness. Another one I find in recent times are the life hacks videos, which are very interesting to watch yet how practical they are is a big question. In mobile itself the videos we receive are 99% scrap. It is beautiful – yes, it is informative – yes, it is a brilliant stunt – yes, it is unbelievable – yes, it is cute – yes, but do we need all those for our daily schedule – NO. Sometimes they send weird and fearsome information which I do not want at all. Why would I read or view a video which can cause fear, which makes me sad or which that is gross and make myself down the whole day afterwards. “NO THANK YOU” 

I do not say I do not indulge once in a while in this pool of information. But I would rather not be drowned by this information overload. Planning on taking up a no screen day every week. Will update you once begun… Take care all and yes keep your creativity growing…

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