We fill most of our waking hours packing information into our brains. Always thinking about things, scrolling through social media, browsing the news, checking out what new YouTube challenge is going on. Technology has made it where we never have to be bored, never have a thought that goes undiscovered, we have all the information and distractions right at our fingertips.
How amazing!… right?
All of us are guilty of getting sucked into the wormhole that is technology. There are so many reasons why this behavior is detrimental to our health. I’ve talked about some of them in other posts like Hypothetical Arguments, Social Media, Multitasking and Attention Fragmentation… so, you can check these out too.
It’s almost an obligation to be extremely connected, informed and entertained constantly. It’s right there, all the time. We can know everything about everyone and everywhere. We never have to be driven to the brink of insanity when we can’t think of that one actor’s name, dammit! We can sputter out as many useless, random facts to the point people stop inviting us over to hangout anymore. We can discuss any topic that may come up at any social event (or comment section) and if it doesn’t… we’ll bring it up! Being bored is a thing of the past! We can entertain ourselves until our eyes fall out due to not blinking for 72 hours… but that won’t hold us down! Still have our ears!
This is all fine until we start to realize we can’t remember things that are actually important. All the useful information has been pushed out and we’re left with the knowledge that cats can get brain freezes too. We feel pretty dumb.
Our brains only have space for so much information. At some point it has to start making room for all the new information coming in. So, even all this small stuff is pushing out intelligent, useful information. We eventually stop being valuable, productive, innovative humans and become mindless zombies that can’t stop watching Tide Pod Challenges. Seriously though, what the fuck?
It’s extremely important what we add to our minds. We need to take some time to declutter and make some brain space for things that will actually help us in life. Who cares what Susan is up to on Social Media, what new YouTube Challenge has plagued society this week or the latest news update. These things don’t make a difference to your life, other than ruining it. Make space, only take in information that will help you succeed in life, that will propel yourself forward and help you be productive and add value to your life.
Nothing else in life is more important than adding value to yourself. Once we realize that… the possibilities are endless.