Internet fatigue, or perhaps more aptly, social media fatigue, has been causing an increasing disruption in my life. The endless cycle of news, opinions, scandals, advertisements, and largely useless information, has been clogging up my brain and causing both anxiety and an enduring sense of exhaustion.
(Wondering what exactly “Internet Fatigue” is? Check out this great article: http://au.complex.com/pop-culture/2014/03/is-internet-fatigue-ruining-your-life)
I should point out here that I still think the Internet is a wonderful thing – never before have we had access to so much information at our fingertips – but it is a dual-edged sword, and the flip side is information overload and misinformation. With a discerning eye, research, and a little practice, weeding out misinformation is not that difficult. Information overload, however, is an entirely different problem, particularly in a world where we are already being bombarded by information from all angles in everyday life.
From our TVs, radios, billboards, posters, food packaging, magazines, newspapers, and pretty much anywhere we look the minute we set foot outside of our homes, information bombards us from all directions. Add in the Internet, particularly social media, and this information bombardment increases exponentially.
Yes, social media can be fun. It can be a great way to keep in contact with friends and relatives, and to network professionally. But it also becomes exhausting. It can become a compulsion to check Facebook or Twitter (or your social media of choice), every spare second. It’s the first thing you look at in the morning, and the last thing you check at night. You scroll through your timeline when you’re bored. And it all becomes overwhelming.
Which is why, in the interests of reclaiming a good portion of my day, re-prioritising, de-clogging my brain, and reducing my stress levels, I will be on hiatus from blogging and social media for the foreseeable future. Thanks for all of your support, and hopefully I will return with a clear head and fresh perspective at some point in the future.