Dealing With Modern Day Information Overload

In today’s fast-paced society we are constantly inundated with information about choices that we have to make. It makes even the simplest task a two-hour ordeal, with a hasty decision being made in the end, because you are so tired from reading all the consumer reports and Facebook posts. With everyone having access to a smart phone or tablet these days, it is easy to stay in constant connection with social media, the internet, and friends and family. So if you ever have to make a big decision or even a trivial one, you can post it on Facebook or Twitter and random strangers will be happy to give you their opinion, welcome or not.

Having so many choices and endless amounts of information available to us at any moment, also cause us to have more regret over the decisions we do finally end up making. It is also the constant rate, at which we receive emails, text messages, tweets, etc. that train our brains to respond instantly; we begin to think that a fast decision is the best decision. The idea of the quick decision is also becoming more of a preference in business decisions, because there are so many decisions that have to be made, one cannot not go through all the necessary information needed.

There are many ways that one can overcome information overload; the main one being spending part of your day being disconnected from electronic devices (this will probably be very difficult for most of us). It is also important to focus on the quality of information rather than the quantity, as well as keeping your mind focused on one issue at a time.

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