Living blind at the pace of the Internet

The Internet is increasing the pace at which we live our lives. While the Internet is making us more knowledgable and receptive to world events it’s also rendering us blind.

The compulsive need to check status updates and to share and click/touch for the sake of it is actually making us myopic of the environment we live in. By speeding up our attention to the screen, we’re slowing down our attention to real life.

At the same time Internet rapidity is smearing our reality, excess information is making us horrible aggregators. We can’t glean what’s important in the glut of our Twitter and Facebook news feeds. By trying to read everything, we remember nothing. Human beings are terrible filters.

The Internet is way too sticky. Those that can balance awareness and be selective with their information consumption will outpace the rest of us.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.