Today’s daily prompt is, Overload Alert:
“Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.” — Gertrude Stein
Do you agree?
Nope, I have to disagree with Gertrude on that, because personally, my common sense stays untouched even with a load of information.
Let me explain further.
My daily routine includes a quick glance over a few of my social media sites, namely, Facebook and Tumblr. I also check my emails, but usually without even really opening it, I know which emails need attention and which ones can be ignored. Then there are some other sites which I also try to check regularly or as frequently as I can. Usually, they are of crafts, DIY projects, books or something I am utterly interested in. I also keep track of news, events, and what’s going around the world with a few subscriptions to some newspapers. Even though, I get a lot of information throughout the day via internet or whatnot, I don’t grasp or absorb all the information. All the unwanted details are disposed of right away because my brain automatically categorizes these insignificant details as “bullshit” or “useless” and rejects processing them further more than it really needed. The information that I come across doesn’t affect my common sense of seeing or dealing with the real world.
Of course, we live in an era where smart phones, tablets, I-pads and I phones have replaced the earliest means of getting information. We practically live in a modern world with more advance technology and dynamic system of communication with information being readily available at our fingertips—with a click or a tap. This might be overwhelming and too informative to process for some people. Not because they aren’t smart enough to deal with grasping all the information, but because their brains simply doesn’t function the way they would want them to work. Their brains would grasp all the information—useful and not so useful ones as well—and digest it all and store them—worse, permanently. I know people who literally spend their entire day browsing through their Facebook or constantly checking for updates, status, or any other kind of information. I’m not talking about the people whose job is a part of checking this information, but the ones that waste their time on Facebook or other sites all day doing nothing else. I don’t even entertain the idea of wasting my bandwidth on something that’s of no use to me. If you let all the information that’s available to you affect your day-to-day life more than you should allow, of course, sooner or later you will lose your mind. What happens when you overload your hard disk on your computer with every image you found on the internet, games, movies or data? That’s right. You’ll notice your computer getting slower day by day and crashing in the middle of doing something important. Why? Because there’s too much to process but not enough capacity.
Just because we live in a world where information is readily available, abundant and accessible at an ease doesn’t necessarily mean all this information is of any value if at all. Absorbing any other pointless invaluable information might overload our brain and eventually lead to lose our sanity, I’m sure. But, that won’t be me because, if I lose sanity, it won’t be because of an overload of too much information. I can tell you that much. So what Gertrude had said doesn’t apply to me and thus I cannot agree with her on this one.