“Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.”–Gertrude Stein
This quote means that if you are getting a lot of input all day you can lose the ability to use your own judgment. I know if I am overloaded I can not think very well.
I am sure that the amount of information and pace at which it is presented has grown exponentially since this quote was made.
I am one who becomes easily overloaded. Just reading a page crammed with print and images is overwhelming to my visual processing. I feel uncomfortable and resistant to the demand made on my system to absorb it all.
If you want me to get your message, you need to present it in smaller segments. Otherwise, I may not be able to get through it all or, even if I do read it all, I will miss something as my eyes skip over parts of it.
Information overload is a type of assault for sensitive souls and introverted types. It is a draining experience to have a lot of sensory input coming at us all at once.
Information is a type of sensory stimulus and along with all the other sensory stimuli we are processing out in the world we can quickly reach a tipping point.
Then we need to withdraw from it all and go somewhere quiet for a while to recover. We need time to process.
All the information can be a kind of brainwashing. So much information coming at you, competing for your attention.
Information in print, visual images, and audio. Cell phones chirping to notify us we have an email or text message waiting.
There is a real danger that this constant distraction by random information keeps us from having time to think about anything meaningful or truly important for our lives.
All this information can cloud our awareness of life going on around us. It can keep us from living our lives.
Featured Image Information Overload or Filter Failure by Graham Steel