Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the information flow on the Internet?
Do you think that it’s hard to scan through all the data and filter out meaningful content?
Do you ever so often discover another social media tool you were not aware of, while you are already a member of more than a dozen services?
For me, it’s as if I’m lost between links and redirected pages; posts, tweets and emails from time to time… At some moments I even don’t remember how I landed on a link/page; I don’t recall where it all began… The online world creates a Webosphere (if there’s a blogosphere there can be Webosphere as well), where I am “always” connected online, but in fact disconnected from the outer-space. It all just starts to sound like a science-fiction movie I guess… Simply what I’m trying to say is; the Web is not an imaginary world – it creates trillions of inputs and has zillions of ways to keep you busy.
What do you think – is there a way to digest ALL the information that is made available out there?
I enjoy all conveniences of technology. I definitely love the feeling of “being connected”. As I am far away from friends+family here, I need to be connected… I check out Social Networking sites daily, use Twitter, listen to music on Pandora, search for any question (and I have many questions!) on the Internet (OK- mostly just Google), share pictures on Flickr, scan through blogs on Google Reader, read info on Wikipedia, watch videos/movies online, shop online, read Turkish newspapers online, send many many many emails, find great tutorials on Silverlight.net, watch trainings on Lynda.com …. and it goes on and on and on. But still; I have this restless feeling of “There is so much more to read, listen, watch and learn“.
Just as I said – occasionally I feel lost in the vast ocean of information. There’s always bits and pieces you missed; cause the online medium and social collaboration available today – produces so much more than we can easily process. Or is it just me?
I came across a video called “Did you know 3.0“, which is based on the “Shift Happens/Did you know” presentation series by Karl Fisch and Scott McLeod. One tiny detail in the 3.0 version, led to my thoughts about the data indigestion problem(!). It says “It is estimated that a week’s worth of the New York Times contains more information than a person was likely to come across in a lifetime in the 18th century.” I didn’t check any numbers or statistics shared in the video; however it’s an interesting piece to watch.
Some related links to the video:
Shift Happens: http://shifthappens.wikispaces.com/
Having easy and extensive access to information is crucial today. We have numerous options for accessing/selecting information. Yet people with limited resources in the past made incredible findings.
Reflecting on the lines of code I wrote, the SQL’s I executed, the reports I generated, the bugs I fixed, the relevant/irrelevant meetings I attended, the hundreds of tests I have taken in school, the formulas I memorized, the essays I wrote, the homeworks I completed, the books I read, the movies I watched, the songs I have listened to, the number of tweets, blogs I can reach…
With all the data available to me:
What did I discover or invent?
What extraordinary finding did I make?
Did I at least find out how to invent myself?
There so much more data everyday; which makes me feel as if I know less than yesterday.
I wonder if not being able to efficiently filter out so much information makes us lose focus… If it makes us a little more confused.
I’m just full of weird thoughts today.
Writing them down has unintentionally created an excellent example of the information overload I am talking about…