Managing information overload
Posted by jenlynngregz
Trust me, there are plenty of days in which I use my access to the Internet very “stupidly.”
I watch funny cat videos, take a look at the most recent viral videos, read nonsense celebrity gossip, and “browser shop” for things I definitely can’t afford. In reality, I really ought to check out my RSS feeds in Feedly and do some research on the ecommerce industry or read digital marketing tips for work. I really ought to be reading the news to see what’s going on in the world. I really should be using the Internet smarter, but some days I just don’t want to.
I think part of this may be due to the fact that I often feel overwhelmed at the amount of quality and interesting information that is available on the Internet. I want to know everything and the fact that there are so many different ways for me to access “everything” at once is overwhelming to me. I feel like I can’t keep up with all the information and so instead I take a few minutes or hours to ignore the world’s most powerful knowledge tool in exchange for entertainment and killing brain cells.
Rheingold’s book, Net Smart, is making me rethink my approach to the Internet. I need to be more focused on what I am doing because I often get sucked into the depths of YouTube while I have an important deadline looming in the near future. I am interested in many things and I can often get caught in a web of interesting and useful information just as quickly as I can get caught up in a windfall of Internet stupidity. Rheingold offers some excellent pointers for effectively managing this endless amount of information. Chapter 6 of his book, “How (Using) the Web (Mindfully) Can Make you Smarter,” brings all of his information management and “crap detection” tips and tricks together and explains how his methods can help you widen your own personal knowledge base.
Rheingold’s book has helped me to stop being so overhwlemed about how I approach the amount of information on the Internet and has taught me different ways I can manage and even filter the amount of information that I see every day. By doing this I can use the Internet smarter and more effectively instead of being tempted by the cyber black holes of funny cat videos.
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