Intoxication: how to fight against excess information

Poisoning is a phenomenon that arises from the inclusion of new technologies in our daily life, In which the amount of information we receive saturates and overwhelms us. We receive a lot of information, but it is not always of good quality and we did not go into detail.

In this article, the Mensalus Institute for Psychological and Psychiatric Assistance addresses an interesting subject: the management of information overload.

Overdose of information

Can you psychologically exhaust excess information?

Excessive information of any kind can generate stress and have functional consequences. Especially, with the advent of new technologies, a “click” offers the possibility of being in permanent connection with information.

The immediacy with which we access any type of source opens the doors to an infinite dimension. Each movement leads to a different virtual space, there is always a possibility to explore. The world is constantly changing. In a second, something begins and something ends. The big question is: how far do we want to be informed?

And how far do we find out? Being hyperconnected, yes, can drain us psychologically. In addition, the feeling of accumulating more and more messages to respond, more links to consult, more conversations to participate, can generate a feeling of true mental saturation.

Do youWhat else has the click changed?

The “click revolution” as some people call it, without realizing it, has changed the way we relate and see the world. We live in a different reality, we have a lot more instant information (the last one on the loose: SmartWatch) and that is why it is important to learn how to manage it.

It’s neither good nor bad, it’s different. When we talk about good management, we emphasize the difference between being informed and informing ourselves of what we need. In the West, there is an archireptic belief that can be extrapolated to different areas: “the more, the better”. In the case of information (as in many others), we could discuss it at length.

Why do we live attached to new technologies?

So do we really need that much information?

The need is created and disappears, our society is constantly doing it. What, at a given moment, may seem important to us ceases to be so. Responding to the needs of the day and prioritizing is already a way of sifting through and managing the messages that come to us.

By nature, we always want more information even if we are not always able to retain and digest it. Maybe, here’s the limit: when the amount of information causes me a high level of stress that prevents me from even focusing on aspects of my daily life, relaxing my mind, being present and enjoy the here and now …

Am I absorbing too much information? Answer this question:

  • Do I have to process so many messages?
  • Can i say no
  • Do I want to do it?

We actually have the power to decide what information we want and what we don’t want.

What exactly is intoxication?

Infoxication is a term that refers to an excess of information and is linked to being constantly activated. This reality can engender an inability to stop and go deeper (as the saying goes: “he who kisses a lot, does not hug a lot”).

There is an interesting concept to define the functioning of the inebriated person: the “working interruptus”, that is to say this individual who opens many topics but most are left in the middle. In the end, “touching so many keys” is what generates a high level of stress in the face of the inability to answer all of them.

Symptoms and problems

In short, when can we say that a person is intoxicated?

When he feels he can’t handle all the information he thinks he needs, it generates anxiety and other psychological and physical consequences such as lack of concentration, discouragement, listlessness, muscle tension, and fatigue.

A common attitude towards the intoxicated person is the inability to read a text slowly (the famous diagonal reads) and / or to read without understanding. In these cases, comments such as “I can’t remember what I read” are indicative of lack of attention when reading. In fact, on several occasions the person read completely distractedly with no intention of delving into its content, only for the purpose of “scratching” the information as being “processed”. This is especially true with email management (drunk people usually have their inboxes full of “envelopes” on hold).

How can we do good information management?

For example, focusing on quality rather than quantity. As we said, being connected to a multitude of sources all day can be confusing and nerve-racking.

Also, being in touch with the needs of every moment helps us decide the priority we give to information. What we find useful at a crucial time (eg, “I like being on different social media and participating in different groups and forums”) may change (“I have been particularly busy at work for a few weeks now and find that is an effort to participate with the same frequency “).

People work out of habit, but that doesn’t mean we can’t question their meaning and suggest a change. Automatisms sometimes prevent us from “letting go” and putting limits on what we no longer want to cover. On the other hand, our mood also tells us when we need a change. Being aware of how we are feeling and the meaning behind the emotion is one way to curb the urge to absorb more information.

Retrieving the “here and now”

It’s curious how often we ignore the amount of information we deal with on a daily basis, the impact it has on us (how it makes us feel) and, most importantly, whether or not we want to take it. What tools can we train to be more aware of our needs and our emotional world?

There are a multitude of techniques and exercises aimed at being physically and mentally present in the “here and now” through the detection of thoughts and emotions.

To connect with our needs, we must first learn to stop and feel the present moment. A good exercise is to enjoy a deep breath while looking at what is going on around us without having to react.

It is revealing when we are particularly accelerated and feel the feeling that the state of contemplation, sometimes, generates in us. Understanding that we can slow down makes people freer and more permissive with ourselves and others …

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