Information Overload

  • cityguy39

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    Nov 09, 2007 2:33 PM GMT
    Hey guys, I was just wondering how some of you filter and process of all the images and information that come at you each day. Sometimes I feel like I just want to pull the plug on my TV and computer. If I had to choose, I would give up the TV.

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    Nov 09, 2007 2:45 PM GMT
    My quiet time is lying back across my bed and reading a book.
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    Nov 09, 2007 3:46 PM GMT
    I gave up television years ago and don't miss it at all. Reading is much more enjoyable. I use an extension for Firefox called "NoScript" to block some of the more intrusive ads on my computer.

    No matter what you do, you've got advertising coming at you from every direction. I respond to billboards by making note of the advertiser and then avoid buying any of their products, and sometimes write a complaint. In response to marketing survey companies that call my home (they're immune from the Do Not Call list), I ask them who they are, who's paying for the research, why they need to know, etc. They won't give that information, of course, but it's fun to ask them questions before telling them I won't participate in their survey.
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    Nov 09, 2007 3:48 PM GMT
    I guess I'm just used to it, but I suppose at those times when I'm feeling overwhelmed or irritated and just, "need a second," I go hiking by myself and even if it's only a 20-45 minute trail walk, by the time I'm done, I find that a lot of what bothered me or had me in a tizzy is minimized at the end.
  • DiverScience

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    Nov 09, 2007 3:49 PM GMT
    Books.

    Hiking.

    Meditation.

    Writing.

    Art.

    Crafts.

    Anything that removes you from the hubbub or requires direct attention without distraction.
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    Nov 09, 2007 4:17 PM GMT
    cityguy39...all the images and information that come at you each day...


    Mmmm, infornography. Delicious.

    Kill your TV and read some Borges - he's got your back.
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    Nov 09, 2007 4:33 PM GMT
    Definitely use the mute button during commercials...a good time to discuss what you've watched with whoever is around. I went to minimum TV channels too, which cuts down on my watching, period.

    I find that turning off the TV and messing about in the kitchen to be a great exercise.

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    Nov 09, 2007 4:35 PM GMT
    I don't watch TV. I make sure that i don't even have the time to waste on that mess. It's like opium for the masses.
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    Nov 09, 2007 4:38 PM GMT
    We have an amazing capacity to absorb information, but I think my age is showing because I rarely watch television except for a few old sitcoms (Golden Girls), PBS, and British murder mysteries...oh and HGTV.
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    Nov 09, 2007 4:42 PM GMT
    hey, get a tivo or something like that. so u can fast forward commercial.
  • Alan95823

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    Nov 09, 2007 4:50 PM GMT
    I think about once a week, after dinner is done and cleaned up, I turn on some instrumental CD, and spend the evening meditating by candlelight, just to let my mind clear. It helps a lot.
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    Nov 09, 2007 4:57 PM GMT
    I've been finding that this onslaught of information has been changing the culture from a proactive to reactive orientation. As you've got so much coming at you, you tend to think that you've got to take advantage of it now, as you might not have the chance later, or you might forget about it as other things have taken their place. This is not only media, but shopping, job opportunities, etc.

    I'm working really hard to be more reflective and thinking about what I want, and not just getting something because it's there and I feel a bit of pressure within me to make a decision now. Almost nothing will be lost with taking some time out.

    For how to do that, I'd agree with most of the other guys here. Limit you input to what you want, not what other people want to tell you.
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    Nov 09, 2007 4:59 PM GMT
    I try my best to not watch TV. But I'm not going to lie, I'm only 19, I love TV. But I do realize when I've watched too much, so then I try to occupy my time with other things, STUDYING (like I'm suppose to be doing), reading (not recreational, my textbooks), talking to my family (the one in Texas), playing with my dogs, and my most recent hobby, writing.
  • jc_online

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    Nov 09, 2007 5:02 PM GMT
    I don't have internet connection at home.
    I don't have cable TV.
    I don't have a home phone (just cell).
    I listen to news on NPR or PBS only.
    I read.
    I listen to jazz music.
    I turn off my cell phone whenever possible.
    I meditate.
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    Nov 09, 2007 5:22 PM GMT
    Pretty much everything said in here so far are great ideas.

    For me personally, I love technology. My "big boy toys" (not those ones, lol) I call them. I just make sure to keep my time balanced so I don't become overwhelmed with it all. For some people it means keeping it to a bare minimum, for me its just keeping it all balanced.

    I rarely watch tv, but found that a great movie every once and a while can be very relaxing. I also don't have a tv in my bedroom. My bedroom to me is a sanctuary for meditation, relaxation, and peaceful sleep. Also, no computers or anything tv related for a few hours before bed. Helps me unwind and relax before I sleep.

    Simply just turning everything off for a few hours a day can also be incredibly therapeutic. Everyday, I turn my home phone and cell phone on silent or off. I turn my computer off. And any other tech device off. I then do something natural or creative. Read a book, paint, write, go for a walk outdoors...anything that doesn't involve a tech device.

    For me, the simple fact of getting away from it for a second helps to clear my mind and recenter myself. Its all a matter of balance to me. Tech is great but when we are surrounded by it 24/7 we can lose our introspection and ability to listen to ourselves. Hope this helps.
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    Nov 09, 2007 5:26 PM GMT
    This is a great thread guys. We talk so much about keeping our bodies healthy, but relatively little about keeping our minds healthy. Cheers.
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    Nov 09, 2007 6:28 PM GMT
    icon_lol.gif I don't icon_lol.gif I am hard wired to the internet 24/365. No matter where in the world I go, there are very few places to escape even satelites these days.

    I don't watch a lot of TV though.

    I guess my 'quiet time' is scheduled with SKA Kata, Tai Chi, and those times with my partner when I deliberately unplug.

    I'm not sure it is possible to consciously filter all the sounds and images that come at us today; I think its just sort of hierarchal concentration on the stuff we need at the moment.

    I do worry though that as we are absorbed with more and more information overload and technology brings us even more ways to isolate ourselves in entertainment, that we lose our basic social developement and skills - we draw away from each other and don't form tha tight communities that our ancestors did.

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    Nov 09, 2007 6:42 PM GMT
    Replay TV is better than Tivo and that is what I have. It is like Betamax versus VHS. Beta was better, but VHS was more popular. Replay TV is better, but Tivo is more popular.
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    Nov 09, 2007 7:36 PM GMT
    I dont find TV so evil. I just am selective of what I watch. There are good documentaries and informnation-based show on TV. The insight for how to handle one's medical care that I have gotten from Mystery Diagnosis, Diagnosis X, and Dr G, medical examiner has helped me.
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    Nov 09, 2007 7:48 PM GMT
    Information overload came a long time ago, before the internet. There are too many books and journals to keep up even in print. One solution (though still too expensive) is to subscribe to an indexing service. There ought be be free or non-technical equivalents out there.
    Basically you set up a profile of search terms for the specific topics in which you are interested, and it performs daily searches of the literature for just those new articles that fit your criteria. Unfortunately, this precludes finding wonderful new stuff just from browsing. So in addition to this, I scan a few "news magazine" type of sources for wider interest. I do have to force myself not to read everything that's mildly interesting.

    I do watch something on television most evenings, though usually it's in the background while I'm cooking, eating, and doing on-line stuff. It's also the only way that I can tolerate more than a few minutes of indoor cardio work.
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    Nov 09, 2007 7:54 PM GMT
    I find that going for a long run helps me to think about all the things that I have taken in all day long. I also like to take a long run in the morning too...helps me sort out my dreams and what not. The longer the run the better....On really long runs it almost puts me in a kind of trance and I end up back at my house wondering how the heck I got home lol.
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    Nov 09, 2007 8:14 PM GMT
    Totally agree with you ITJock. I seriously think that the more and more tech that comes our way, the more isolated we can become from basic social skills that were necessary in the past.

    For me, a specific example is instant messaging. I love it to keep in contact with people all over the world, but never get why some of my friends won't just call me, lol. I honestly don't want to sit there and text with you for 45 minutes. You can't hear someone's voice, funny jokes may get lost, and you can't hear the tone or mood in someone's voice . Seems very impersonal to me. I still do it! LOL. But don't really prefer it. Same with text messaging, lol.
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    Nov 09, 2007 8:17 PM GMT
    Stop yourself if you find yourself reading each message of a really long topic ... icon_razz.gif
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    Nov 09, 2007 8:34 PM GMT
    I'm with ITJock. When I travel, I actually sleep with my laptop next to me so I can check email if I wake up in the middle of the night. My breaks come when I go to the gym or when I'm making dinner. Otherwise, I'm tethered to the digital umbilical cord ...
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    Nov 09, 2007 8:47 PM GMT
    I guess this is the right thread for this:

    Please somebody make the dancing True guy in the ad on the home page go away! Never has someone so cute been so annoying.