INFOBESITY… do you have it?

I do, absolutely.

Infobesity is recognized by health professionals as an epidemic of grander proportions than obesity. I was introduced to this concept by Ashley Koff in a recent “Stop Infobesity” web class for health professionals.  I was digesting this over the weekend, fascinated by this perfectly fitting description of feeling overwhelmed by all I want to learn (stacks of books and professional journals on my floor, audio files and webinar links stored in my inbox), emails and files I can never catch up with…

It seems fitting that last night, at a slow food dinner, a spontaneous conversation about this topic of information overload started at the other end of the table.  I was so proud to share my new word!  The first response was laughter, and then that hush when we take in something that resonates–everyone seemed to relate to the term.  We each have our own narratives of the overload of information at our fingertips.  It seems we are all seeking mental clarity and space between the superimposed layers of news, marketing, social media, google searches, bloated inboxes and so forth…

For years, studies have connected internet and cell phone usage to declines in attention span and ability to focus (I had one of these taped above my desk as an ominous warning to myself for years).  More recent studies suggest that recurrent email alerts create tension, anxiety and stress.

Side Effects of Infobesity include:  fatigue, lack of productivity, lack of confidence, memory loss, stress related diseases (heart and blood pressure problems, obesity, sleep disorders), poor decision making and/or decision fatigue (making so many decisions that lose energy for good judgment), and financial loss (constant exposure to something ‘more better’ to buy).

The start of a new year seems appropriate for establishing firm boundaries against infobesity.  It may take defensive cunning and resolute resistance to triumph against infobesity but I am determined to make hard yet conscious decisions about where I seek information, keep my explorations focused, and the volume/quantity down to a dull roar, and evoke “NOT to do” lists as my reinforcements.  Can I limit my inbox to 50 emails by the end of each week (learn to be ruthless)?

I am excited for the possibilities and changes this may bring, I can always benefit from fewer stressors.

In that vein, I have been uncomfortable with the idea of a blog that adds to the saturated cloud of information.  I am thinking of nixing the blog altogether, or changing the blog to focused posts on Alaskan herbals (about which the internet is less saturated) and/or doing online herbal/health workshops! …

Time will tell, but let me not contribute to your infobesity!


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