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It wasn’t that long ago that we had to wait until the evening news to find out what was happening in the world. Even before that, it took the newspaper in the morning to find out what’s happening.

Nowadays, we are surrounded by information all the time. Between social networks What Happens When Social Networks Know Your Genetic Information? What Happens When Social Networks Know Your Genetic Information? Consider some of the most information-powerful companies on the planet: social networks. What if they had your DNA? Read More , RSS feeds, text messages Send Text Messages From Your PC: The Best Services Compared Send Text Messages From Your PC: The Best Services Compared Plenty of services allow you to send text messages without even touching your phone, but which one is the best? Read More , and all the other stuff on the Internet, it can actually be a little too much. We might actually suffer from information overload, which can actually have negative consequences.

Check out the infographic below for a fascinating look at infobesity and find out if you suffer from it.

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  1. Jagdesh Singh Jjsd
    March 24, 2016 at 5:13 am

    Printing out the diet part and and putting it on my study table.thanks :)

  2. A41202813GMAIL ..
    March 15, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    ( Regarding Technology )

    Quite The Contrary.

    25 Years Ago, I Bought A PHILIPS Printer - It Came With All Kinds Of Manuals With All Kinds Of Specifications To Allow All Kinds Of Tweaking, In A Simple Display For All Kinds Of Laymen To Understand And Explore.

    Nowadays ?

    Every **Free** DIY Information Is A Freaking MENSA Test.

    XPOCALYPSE FOREVER !

  3. Maryon Jeane
    March 15, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    I heartily agree with all of the above - but I would add that it's probably wise to take a step-back look at what you actually need to know. Twenty-four hour rolling news is probably one of the worst things we ever invented, as far as human mental health is concerned. It's a myth that, by watching the 'news' we know what's happening in the world. By the time the facts, the reality of an event, has passed through the eyes, the single viewpoint, of a journalist, been edited by all the relevant personnel in the broadcasting company concerned (including the in-house lawyers), been further edited to fit into the available slot (medium-size earthquake gets pushed down the priority ladder if rock star is caught in flagrante with his children's nanny) and then gets to you when your attention is partly on what you're cooking for supper, your children's account of their day and/or that presentation you've got to make tomorrow morning, 'reality' has little to do with the case.

    The tragedies that happen every day somewhere in the world are of course tragedies - but they're not made any less so by your knowing about them. Unless you're going to get on a plane, complete with whatever is needed to alleviate the situation (food, water, clothes and blankets, medication) - and good luck getting all that together and through the relevant authorities in a timely fashion - then there's probably not much point to your knowing. If the action you're going to take is over the longer term (making changes to the law, or the way we produce fuel, or how we handle conflict between nations), then waiting and reading about the situation after the dust has settled is likely to be by far the better route to the real knowledge which will inform the way you take that action. Hysteria and heartache are not sound bases for judgement, balanced decision-making and a panoramic view of how the future could be better shaped.

    On the other hand hearing about disasters and tragedies every day ("every hour, on the hour") is almost a recipe for poor mental health and even depression - which will debilitate you and perhaps even ensure that you're in no fit state to play your part in making the world less prone to disasters and tragedies.

    If you want to know what's happening in the world, going outside your front door and listening to the people near you, in your neighbourhood ('vicinity' comes from the Latin word for neighbourhood), and doing something about that - even if it's just listening with sympathy - will make a difference, both to your 'neighbours' and to you. There won't be any information overload here, just human interaction and a sense of belonging in the world.

    • Mary Brady
      March 16, 2016 at 1:17 am

      Well said. This self protection involves decreasing exposure to news of politics with all the crazy nasty rhetoric flying around during this Presidential election year. Not to be an alarmist, but I remember a letter to the editor of our city newspaper from a mother describing her son's behaviours in Presidential election years. The mother explained how the political rancor precipitated her mentally ill son going off his medications and becoming severely symptomatic. She spoke of her heartache and the struggles it took to get her son back to his wellness baseline. Sorry if this is a downer, but consider the consequences. Words can do great damage (as well as great good).

    • grantjamie
      March 16, 2016 at 3:15 pm

      I think the ability to filter news is getting better and better. Just look how fast can teenager google compared to someone who is is 50. It has to do with age but also with the ability to find information.

      But yeah. Like you said. "Go out":)

    • Maryon Jeane
      March 17, 2016 at 4:58 pm

      Actually, sadly, it's not. Teenagers may be able to Google faster (in some cases) than older people, but their ability to analyse critically the results of their Googling is often poorer. The teaching of critical thinking has deteriorated over the academic generations and this is a huge concern. There is a study taking place at the moment à propos this (https://www.macat.com/ct-study), and it will be interesting to see the results.

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