How To Get Control Of Your Infobesity
“The condition of continually consuming large amounts of information, especially when this has a negative effect on a person’s well-being and ability to concentrate.”
You’re probably nodding at your screen right now, saying, “Yes! That’s my world.” I think it is for all of us. Just like we are prone to eat too much, we easily allow ourselves to intake too much information. While the source of the information varies, I think we can all agree that like our physical diets, too much of anything is not a good thing.
The good news is that just like managing our physical diet, there are lots of steps we can take to work and live healthier when it comes to the information we consume on a daily basis.
Stop using online viewing and social media as your “go to” comfort food.
Like asking yourself, “Why are you eating when you’re not hungry?,” determine why you are ingesting all this information. Is it to help you make a decision on something, find a solution… or just escape from a current problem or challenge?
Decide on your portions BEFORE going online or watching TV.
We often don’t intend to over consume information, but when it is constantly being sent our way, it’s just too easy to keep “eating.” Try reducing the amount of information by setting a time limit on your viewing, choosing only one social media source to check, or limiting yourself to one episode of your new favorite TV show.
Ask yourself how you feel after taking in all that information.
A healthy meal with proper portions gives us a healthy level of energy and allows us to fully focus on the next task at hand. The next time you finish a period of online viewing, ask yourself about your mental and emotional energy. Do you feel more positive about yourself and the world around you, about the same, or does it leave you feeling unfulfilled, and have you (literally) reaching for another bag of chips?
How is infobesity impacting you?