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So abundant is information trash that it’s hard to point to any one source. Unfortunately, it’s everywhere.
As a point of departure, information trash begins with someone wanting to do any of the following:
– persuade you
– support a political party
– believe a politician
– provide an explanation
– sell you something
– promise you something
– entertain you
There are many other forms of people spouting information trash but this list gives you an idea.
We see it with Internet searches.
Newspapers that have an ideological agenda.
People with an ideological agenda.
Self-interest campaigns, some of which are global.
Corporate offerings that are not worth the pixels they are written with.
Managing the overwhelming amount of information trash can be challenging. Here are some strategies to help you block out information trash and maintain your sanity:
- Set Priorities: Determine what information is essential and relevant to your life and goals. Focus on consuming content that aligns with your interests and objectives.
- Curate Your Sources: Choose reliable and reputable sources of information. Be selective about the websites, news outlets, and individuals you follow or subscribe to. Quality over quantity is key.
- Limit Consumption: Set boundaries on your information consumption. Allocate specific times during the day to check emails, social media, and news updates. Avoid constant checking, which can lead to information overload.
- Unsubscribe and Unfollow: Regularly review your subscriptions and social media accounts. Unsubscribe from newsletters and unfollow accounts that no longer provide valuable content or contribute to your well-being.
- Use Technology Wisely: Employ tools like content blockers, ad blockers, and spam filters to reduce information clutter. Customize your notification settings to minimize interruptions.
- Practice Digital Detox: Dedicate periods of time when you disconnect from digital devices completely. Use this time for relaxation, hobbies, or face-to-face interactions.
- Learn to Skim: Develop efficient reading skills. Quickly skim articles and documents to identify key points, and only delve deeper when necessary.
- Prioritize Learning: Invest in skills that help you evaluate and process information critically. This includes media literacy, fact-checking, and critical thinking.
- Meditation and Mindfulness: Practice mindfulness techniques to stay grounded and reduce stress. Meditation can help you manage the anxiety associated with information overload.
- Physical Activity: Regular exercise can help clear your mind and improve focus, making it easier to deal with information.
Remember that it’s okay to disconnect and take breaks when needed. The key is to find a balance that works for you and allows you to stay informed without feeling overwhelmed.
I’ll leave it up to you to decide what you consider information trash period and how you wish to deal with it.
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