Information overload and The Blogger

Last Updated On: January 26, 2020Nomzy

information overload

Information overload (also known as infobesity or infoxication) is a term used to describe the difficulty of understanding an issue and effectively making decisions when one has too much information about that issue.Wikipedia

I’m sure with the above definition, an excerpt of Wikipedia’s article on information overload, you have got an insight of what the term is all about. Now you know what you are experiencing or have experienced in the past.

First off, I’d like to welcome myself back from a self-imposed exile, and apologize for being away for so long. It’s been well over 1 month since I last posted on this blog.

While I was away, I wrote exams, procrastinated about my project and got exposed to different make money opportunities. I sank deep within and wondered how much I had suffered from the so-called information overload, not just in blogging, but also in my everyday life! I probably did not crash because I’m human, which makes me strong enough to hold on to so much at a time, yet survive!

Information Overload and Writers Block: Two Sides Of a Coin

Most times bloggers experience writers block. When it is writers block, they go blank about what to write or blog about – they go as far as asking colleges and professionals for blog post ideas.

Information overload, on the other hand, is the total opposite of writers block. This time, you have so much, so much information that you don’t know how to start offering what you have in your head.

As a blogger, when you read and consume more but offer or write less of what you’ve learnt, you might simply get overloaded with the information to express yourself. You will totally get denied by your brain to pick a starting point or focus on one thing.

How Much Has Information Overload Affected Me?

I’d say greatly!
Having so much in mind at a particular time definitely hurts my thinking and actions. Most times, I know what to do, but I find myself in a confused state of mind because often times there are too many strategies, bumping in my head that I do not know which to choose or pick?

I’ve been stressed out over doing nothing but thinking and worrying about what step to take, even though I have the idea of how taking a particular step works out. I’ve been busy, so busy that I did nothing.

Ever wondered why you get tired of doing nothing most times?

Like me, You’ve probably been so busy trying to pick the best out of a group of overloaded information in your head.

Some days go by without me adding a little value to them. Many a time, I’d wonder why the day ran out without any action from me. I’d keep going in circles, knowing what to do, yet doing nothing due to confusion.

Now, that’s how much information overload has got the better part of me. Your turn…

How Much Information Overload Has Affected Us

This isn’t just about me, it’s about you too. You are human, and I presume that in one way or the other, there are times you’ve had so much in stock, yet did nothing in the long run. Do you have issues with processing and giving out information? Oh well, I’ve got a bit of that too. Now it’s about us… Those dealing with information overload.

How Did We End Up Getting Overloaded With Information?

Now, this is something I’ve never thought of until recently. I easily get distracted or sidetracked while surfing the web for information and you do this too. My friends call me “The Tab Lord”, I’m not proud of this, but I understand it all now. I rarely finish my search for specific information before jumping onto the next one I find attractive.

Have you ever set out on a search for a topic and ended up on a blog focused on an entirely different thing?

Did you find yourself on Facebook when you initially set out to find something important online?

How many drafts do I currently have?

I’d say I have drafts that should have evolved from being drafts to old published posts. The problem is focusing on one and moving on to the other. I’d leave a topic I’m researching and delve into another only because I bumped into it in the process of learning about the latter. So rather than paying attention to the current project, I’ll do research for another post, get interested in it, then focus on it before going back to the other. Gathering too much, right?

Aren’t You Tired Of Getting Overloaded With Information?

We will definitely all get tired of this dirty habit, and now it’s all about getting rid of the frequent mistakes that cause information overload.

Contrary to what I want you to read, I haven’t done any research on how to cut distractions and you too might have not done anything either, but now that you know what it means to get overloaded with information, I’m sure you’d want to work, step up and free up your brain.

The Agents

Distractions are major agents of information overload. In fact, I’ve gone as far as blocking notifications from appearing on the notification bar of my phone. I turn on notifications for important situations and non distracting applications only. I can log on to Facebook or WhatsApp at ease to get the news or whatever has been sent at any time.

I’m sure I wouldn’t want to fall sick due to the stress of struggling with the overloaded information in my head! It’s fun when you open up while trying to get rid of a challenge, you might find someone like you!

Then again, do you experience information overload and how often do you?

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Comments (4)

  • Obinna Anyaibe

    May 13, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    Hey, Onome! You should pay me for all the times I checked on your blog while you were away. ?

    Just kidding. Welcome back, you were missed

    Right, your questions. I can very well relate that sharing my experience with you might drag on till forever. I’ll just share how I dealt with it. Like you, I, too, was a “Tab Lord”. It happens to me offline too, like when I want to look up a word in the dictionary and I find myself wandering off to another word (the painful thing is that I often forget the original word I’d wanted to look up.)
    As for looking up stuff on the net, what I do is sketch a to-do list, or a checklist of everything I want to do everyday. I always have my checklist beside me when I surf the net, so when I see another content that’s really really juicy but totes unrelated to the information I’m seeking, I just saved it for offline viewing and continue with my research.
    Insightful post! It’s nice to have you back, Onome.

    1. Joseph O.

      May 13, 2018 at 2:55 pm

      Quite helpful. I’m still a tab lord, and working on that. I love how you handle the distractions. Happy to be back… ?

  • Badmus Adebayo

    May 12, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    This happened to me at a point looking for informations concerning blogging. I got a whole lot of informations, lots of answered questions from bloggers and yet find it hard making some decisions. Sometimes I got confused on things I already know in course of looking for more informations. It’s been a while here Miss Blogtroverted. You welcome back.

    1. Joseph O.

      May 12, 2018 at 3:52 pm

      The best way to learn is to get information and practice upon them one step at a time… I’m back, yeah!

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