There was a time, probably a decade ago where access to information was restricted. Getting your hands on it was rather difficult. It was mostly through books. With books the problem is that you have no idea in which book you will find the information you are looking for. We underestimate the value of internet search.
Enter the internet era, where information is in abundance. There is so much information available at your finger tips that, you end up consuming content you didn’t intend to, all thanks to social media. The hooks are so enticing that they make you open them. You would get a dopamine hit with the new found information, but you wouldn’t use it and forget it.
Information is useful for you only if it is something you were looking for, and not what is shoved on your face.
The other issue with the information era is the authenticity of it. Internet & latest tech has enabled anyone with a mobile phone and an internet connection to write whatever the hell they want. Now the issue has turned into an issue of authenticity.
You are bombarded with data everyday that it keeps you feeding your instant gratification engine and dopamine hits. So at the end of the day, you would have come across interesting information, but what do you do with it? Any information that you don’t need is useless for you. It doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t look at anything else. If you need, do it with intent.
2 things to help you out with this
- Don’t go too much off topic. Try to stick to what you were looking for.
- Do your own research and don’t blindly believe what you read.