Tuesday, October 04, 2005

*Information Addicts?*

It seems that, as a class, we get a lot of use out of the Internet. We use it for gathering information, emails, instant messages, gaming, shopping and more. But have you ever felt like the amount of information that you have at your fingertips is overwhelming? Some people are beginning to recognize liabilities in the information economy.

One emerging position is that having a dizzying array of media at our disposal can make us less efficient instead of more productive. However, the expert’s prescription in this case is simply to disconnect from the network for a while.

Have any of you felt overwhelmed by the amount of information that is thrown at you each day? If so, what strategies, if any, have you used to deal with it?


At 3:02 PM, Blogger johnwfarmer said...

I agree that the amount of information out there is staggering. I think the trick is to find tools that enable you to sift through the information in as short a time as possible so you can get on with other things. I use three tools to do almost all of my work on the web; an RSS news aggregator, an email client and a web browser.

I think RSS feeds are one of the greatest technologies on the web. I can have new headlines pulled from all of my favorite sites and organized automatically. There is no need for me to surf anymore. I know instantly that there is a new post on the TC231 blog, that there are 5 new headlines on Wired News and that the Cardinals have won the first game of their series against the Padres (go Cards!) ... all without having to open a web browser.

I also prefer email over IM. Email gives me the freedom to answer on my own time. If I don't have time to answer a question now (or just don't feel like answering now) I can save it for when I do. If a live conversation is necessary I will pick up the phone instead.

At 3:27 PM, Blogger Jonathan said...

John, I totally agree. I have an RSS dependency also.

For those of you who may not know what we are talking about, this article gives a quick explanation.

I have heard it described as TiVo for the Web, which seems pretty accurate.

At 7:34 PM, Blogger Quynh said...

"The ones who suffer the most from ADT in the tech field are the ones who don't have the creative powers of the techies, and they just kind of slog along."

this statement is somewhat true to me ...this is the reason why i feel that being an engineer is the best choice for me. i'm constantly using the internet to enhance my intellect either by "hacking/cracking" something for my own personal "happiness" or learning how things work. i built my pc from reading information off the internet, i modify my game consoles by reading stuff off "hack" sites, and i going to built my own arcade system with the informations i have gather off the web.

At 12:25 PM, Blogger Phung said...

It is very true to the web can be very distraction. I just experienced it while writing the article analysis paper. It's very tempting to log into the internet when it's just a click away. Once on the internet, pop-ups and banners start to appear. It's very hard to ignore these ads. Anyone have a good blocker to have while surfing the internet?

At 4:08 PM, Blogger Linda said...

I personally don't feel like I am overwhelmed with information unless I go
looking for it. When I'm doing searches for something, I tend to google if I'm
not sure. By doing that, I'm bombarded with more information that I want. So, I
have to weed through it. I can't think of any other way to go around the crappy
sites. Otherwise, I try to find intormation from books or people.

At 8:25 PM, Blogger Quynh said...


use google ...search for "Spybot - Search & Destroy" and "Lavasoft Ad-aware" ...these 2 softwares are free to download

...then upgrade your Windows XP with sp2 (if you havent already) ...and also install "Google Toolbar" ...these 2 upgrade will block 90% of pop-ups.

...i will bet that most of your pop-ups are from spy/adware.

At 11:38 AM, Blogger Chris D said...

I agree with Linda for the most part. I don't feel too bombarded with information until I go looking for it. Although I think there is actually a lot more information directed at me when I'm walking around in my daily life that I simply ignore. However, most of those are adds.


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