Posts Tagged ‘television’

Information Overload – Good or Bad?

May 29, 2011

Information overload – is this a good thing?  The question comes from several recent on-line surveys which ended by asking whether or not I thought I was experiencing information overload.  I like having information available to me, so in that sense my answer is no.  However, I dislike being bombarded by the same articles or posts on multiple websites which are then repeated by my fellow readers.  Someone needs to come up with a browser filter that will eliminate the duplications.  In the past week I noticed that some of the articles or posts I read were shared by certain websites without my ‘express consent’.  I did not purposely share them and am concerned that connections exist where they should not.  It makes me wonder what else is being shared that I am not aware of.  Maybe I’ll just turn off the “Allow” feature for now…

Another thought regarding information overload is it might be okay for adults, but what about children?  Is it a good thing to expose them to the endless posts and stories about Lady Gaga, the bloodshed in the Middle East or the tornado disaster in Missouri?  Do we  need to know what the rest of the planet is doing every single second of every single day?  I am referring to both the Internet and television.  Do we really need 24 hour news channels?  Much of what they show is repeated throughout the day, so why bother being on all the time? Growing up we watched the half hour evening news with Walter Cronkite and that was enough.  If there was something really important happening it would be broadcast, such as man’s first walk on the moon or Nixon waving good-bye as he boarded his helicopter for that last trip from the White House.  Heck, the networks didn’t broadcast 24 hours a day back then.  When I was a kid much of our free time was spent climbing on jungle gyms, riding bikes, participating in sports, or playing with dolls and maybe helping Mom in the kitchen.  We were active participants in our surroundings. We did not sit hunched in a chair with our hands hovering over a keyboard or clenching a game console controller, staring endlessly at a screen a few feet or inches away from our faces.