A sea of information
Need to know or information overdose?
It is well known to all how easy it is to get information today. Just a click is enough so that we can find out what is happening anywhere in the world. But how much of this information is really necessary for us? How much of this information has not been manipulated by outside interests of any kind? In an age like this, in which we are saturated with information by various means, it is really difficult to be able to distinguish at first glance what it is that really contributes something to our life, and what information only reaches our hands due to malicious interests or malicious people that only seek to generate panic that obey external interests. It is necessary for us to learn to recognize what type of information is necessary for us, and what information can only cause harm to us and to our fellow citizens.
How much information is really necessary?
Today, with just the push of a button you can easily get information on any topic: From the most trivial things to the hottest current topics. In this way, it is extremely easy to drown in a sea of data, if you do not put a time limit on the amount of time you spend consulting information. Although it may seem something really innocuous, spending too much time reading news in any medium, can generate anxiety reactions in some individuals. Yes, it is important to have information on hand about those topics that interest us or that are of national or global importance, since we are part of a community. But overdoing the amount of time you spend learning random things, and if we get that information from non-dubious sources, can harm us and our mental health.
On the web, it is really easy to go very quickly from one informative article to another, many times ending up consuming information that little or nothing to do with what we initially wanted to consult. And that possibility of obtaining knowledge on subjects that are outside the range of our habitual interests, can turn little by little into an addiction. It is something so gradual that people rarely realize their addiction to information before it progresses. Being a victim of this dependence on information, it is felt that it is an urgent need to have to be receiving information most of the time, which can generate a mental overload, which can easily generate exhaustion and an sudden increase in our levels of anxiety.
Beware of fake news
Thousands of news items are found daily on almost all social networking sites. Obviously, among so much information, a lot of news will appear that has little or nothing to do with reality. The motives that people have for spreading this false news are diverse, from obtaining some type of individual economic benefit, to supporting the ideas of a political party or company. Fortunately, more and more social networks are taking steps to verify the information that is disseminated and prevent the spread of unsubstantiated news.
Do not spread without checking or without thinking
Take a good look at the type of information you share and who do you share it with. Think about whether the information you are disseminating has real foundations and whether it contributes something to the people you are sending it to. Before sharing anything, check that it is not false or excessively biased news. It is not as complicated as it seems to verify the veracity of something that is shared on a social network. It's a matter of taking a few seconds to investigate. And likewise, before sharing something that could incite hatred, think about how much harm spreading something malicious can do.