Too Much Information

It seems like the challenge I face in this world is that I am drowning under waves of information. Twitter feeds, Facebook stream, Google Reader constantly shooting more articles at me. Newspapers arriving at the door, books glaring from the shelf, papers on various subjects. Movies to watch, shows to keep up with, sports talk bombarding me with the soap opera that is the NFL.

All of it crashes in upon my brain every day and I have to try to prune it back, manage it, reduce my inbox, get my unread items to zero. I am tempted to cut the tether binding me to the Empire of Information, but I can’t summon the willpower to do it. What if I miss some amazing trend in theology or come up short when someone mentions the name of a 16th century author whose works have recently been unearthed from a dig in central Saxony? I would like to change, but not today, not today Lord.

4 thoughts on “Too Much Information”

  1. Joel,

    Rule #1; forget social networking of the ‘twitter’, ‘facebook’ etc variety. Your blog is enough, and if people truly want to get in contact with you, they can either leave you an email, a text message, or horror of horrors, speak to you over the telephone 😛

    We think we are necessitated to stay ‘plugged in’ to the masses of information bombarding us; and this merely serves to feed the endless cycle. We don’t. You will not suffer theologically, socially or commercially.

    I am on only one or two interest forums and though I keep an eye on the blogosphere and religious webpages, they are not checked so often that i feel as if I am drowning in data.

    Rather than the newspaper, I listen to the radio; Australia has a fabulous public broadcaster that is second to none internationally; radio is good, you can have it on while you’re doing other things; it does not demand one to stop in the same way television or electronic media does.

    its not a complete disconnect, but it is a significant pruning. and it works. Re television, I haven’t watched commercial television regularly for years, choosing what I spend my time on carefully, both for content and viewing time value.

    Toning it down like this makes it much more managable.



  2. I’m there with you, Joel. It’s hard to know where to cut back. For me, I don’t use Twitter and only occasionally check Facebook (usually 1-2 times a week). I’m trying to set aside e-mail, Google Reader, etc. to times where they don’t interfere with my work, although it’s hard to concentrate with all of the options for information.

    If you have any breakthroughs, let me know. I need help on this too.

    1. Thanks for the advice guys. I’m too much of an information junkie to completely cut the cord, but I would like to make changes. It all comes down to self-discipline, like everything else. At least, that’s how I see it.

  3. Joel,
    I would just cut the cord. You would be amazed at how much “free time” you have afterwards. Free time to read or what ever.
    I do not get the newspaper or any magazines.
    I do not have Internet at home. I have my facebook account that I rarely use any more, I deleted myspace. Have one personal email address that I check once a week usually.
    I only have one cell phone.
    I do not have T.V. or cable hooked up.

    Life is good with out all the information bombardment.

    Sure I use the card catalog and walk through the bookshelves looking for interesting books, but that is way cooler than letting the search engine suggest something.

    Old fashioned? Yes. But I seem to be able to hold my own in conversations and has as deep of knowledge as the people who are “aware” of an issue.

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