The information overload

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The above picture is a screenshot taken this morning. It is my Google Chrome page. Nowadays I run most of my programs through Chrome.

In the “Apps toolbar” I have a number of frequently visited sites such as Facebook, Twitter, my favourite MOOC providers, Coursera, BBC News, BBC Sport, Amazon Kindle, my bank login, Scribd and the admin page of this blog.

From the same page, I have preset favourite pages that Chrome has provided based on my usage which adds to the above YouTube, Lincolnshire Libraries Catalogue, Gmail and my Google Drive page.

These sites are just a few of the many sites that I could have added if I had more room in the toolbar.

My saved pages is a huge list, as follows:

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I am not exceptional in having this many sites available to use at any one time. The problem is I could spend every minute of every day just accessing information! This is notwithstanding the fact that every day new sites appear.

We are living in an age of information overload. We are swamped with the stuff. Some of it is very useful and adds to my life, a lot of it though detracts from my life in terms of misinformation, comment masquerading as fact and the fact that would need to live about a thousand years just to stabilise from where I’m at now!

The key issue is that we need to learn how to cope with the ocean and not be drowned by its incoming flow. I often worry for our sanity in a world which is so awash in information. I know I enjoy the times when I deliberately shut it all down and find time to smell the roses!


About malbell

I am a retired Teaching and Learning Consultant. Previously I was a Primary school headteacher and deputy headteacher. I enjoy reading, doing MOOCs and learning new things.
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