Is There A Pill For Social Media Overload Relief?

pillsAre you overwhelmed by information, or is it just me? Tweets and links , RSS feeds, newsletter subscriptions, LinkedIn group discussions and news, email blasts: the never-ending flow of messages and information is, at times, pretty hard to manage. With bloggers compelled to post daily or multiple times daily, and everyone trying to bring attention to what they are doing and saying, and the infinite array of tweets and messages, I’m beginning to wonder if it is just contributing to information overload and internet pollution? It’s so noisy out there, that I sometimes find it hard to concentrate, wasting time just sorting through to find the useful stuff.

Because the pharmaceuticals have not yet been developed, I’ve decided to take matters into my own hands. (Although, apparently therapists are starting to jump on the internet addiction treatment bandwagon.) My simple solution: I’m going to sit down and really go through all my subscriptions and whittle it down to just a few core blogs, groups and newsletters that I really rely on for information, inspiration or entertainment. Others, I’ll check on periodically when I have time, but I’m finding it so distracting and difficult to be productive when I have so much information and messaging constantly bombarding me throughout my day. Tell me, how do you manage all of your incoming information? (And after you do that, make sure you retweet and subscribe to my blog ; )

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Ain’t The Future Grand?

Jane Jetson chatting online

Jane Jetson chatting online

I may be dating myself here, but sometimes I step out of my day to day and sit back, totally amazed by the technology and tools available to us.  I work with them day in and day out and often take them for granted, but every now and then it hits me that I am living in what was the future of my childhood.

This ocassional amazement is probably something that kids, teens and twenty somethings can’t relate to at all, and don’t ever think about. But maybe I think about it because I typed my papers in college on this Smith Corona typewriter with erasable paper:

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Maybe I also think about it because I grew up watching the Jetsons and saw the future through George’s daily life.  George Jetson used Skype everyday when he called Jane from the office.  He used the Internet to read the news. It all seemed so impossible to me at the time, but look at us now. We ARE living in the future, at least the future that I saw in cartoons when I was a tot. Let’s all take a moment to pay homage to the technology that allows us to do what we do everyday.

My son eating dinner while chatting on Skype with his dad, who was in China

My son eating dinner while chatting on Skype with his dad, who was in China

What will my son’s future be like? I’ll either have to be sure that I live for another 40 years or so to find out first hand, or maybe I should just go watch some cartoons. Underwater Geodomes a la Spongebob’s pal Sandy, perhaps?

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