Too much of a good thing can be bad for your health.
Take information, for instance. Thanks to accessible technology like Wi-Fi and smart gadgets, we now have all there is to know (and more) about people, places, things, events, and the trending topics of the day—literally at our fingertips. Sixty seconds alone yields a glut of information and images: 3.3 million Facebook posts made, 500 hours of YouTube videos uploaded, and 150,000 emails sent, says study.com.
Such an overwhelming amount of data and images likely leads to information overload, “a symptom of the high-tech age, which is too much information for one person to absorb in a world of expanding digital technology,” says pcmag.com. (Read: 3 Ways To Shut Down Cyber Bullies)
So, if you’re feeling stressed, tired, and unable to concentrate, or are having difficulty making sound decisions and getting a good night’s sleep because you can’t stop checking your phone or gadget, then you might already be experiencing information overload!
This September 28, International Day of Universal Access to Information, enjoy your right to access to information—minus the information overload—by doing these three easy tips!
Beat Information Overload by: Being Discerning.
Access to information doesn’t mean you need an excess of information. Be selective about your content and sources. Filter out fake news and redundant articles. Make sure the data you gather is relevant, factual, accurate, and comes from a reliable author, website, or publication. (Read: Fake news endangers lives more than COVID-19, and each of us can fix it)
Beat Information Overload by: Setting Limits.
Sure, we could scroll on Facebook feeds forever, but we’ll never get anything done. Give yourself 10 minutes to check on your social media account, and take no more than 20 minutes answering email. This way you don’t feel like you deprived yourself and you manage to accomplish something too!
Beat Information Overload by: Taking a Break.
While it may appear counterproductive, breaks are a welcome breather from bombarding yourself with too much information by staring too long at your computer or smartphone.
A break isn’t just about untethering yourself from your gadget. Indulge in a 15-minute nap to rest your tired eyes and recharge your brain. Go for a walk; bright ideas usually come when you’re thinking random thoughts during a stroll that includes plenty of sunshine and fresh air. Or listen to music. Whether it’s classical, jazz, rock, or disco, playing a favorite hit is an instant mood-lifter. (Read: 5 Ways to Achieve Peace of Mind Amid the Pandemic)