Information Excess

Information Excess

The world isn’t only within our reach but it’s come to stay in our hands. In India,’Doordarshan’ and subway channels paved way to their modern cousins – the satellite stations. All these ensured immediate news, cutting across geographical barriers with high quality videos and audio to stream in realtime to the users. These developments came with a complicated guest in disguise, of course.

The news that was once available in newspapers, which were assimilated normally, became an excitement with numerous channels repeating the same news – sometime with distorted versions. The phenomenon is not restricted only to politics, that’s the standard feed for a common person – it also broke into education, preparation for competitive examinations, plethora of online courses, lectures etc – the phenomena that were unheard of a couple of decades ago.

The new generation find it tough to name capital cities – say for instance, despite their access to the best of gadgets, while high standards were met by the predecessors around a couple of decades and earlier – with exposure to pens, typewriters and hard copies of news papers. Blame it on the curriculum, the information overload has both not shown mercy with the teaching faculty as well. There is a rat race in finding information as the pedagogy is busy sending notes and exercises over phones to their students. Don’t underestimate their enthusiasm to push their pupils to Google and yahoo for their excellence. Caught in the mire of seeking information in the fastest pace, now many are glued to electronic gadgets, which are in fact taking a toll on the health and sight of their readers.

Posture and ergonomics are other regions of concern in the pursuit for information and satisfaction of objectives in offices. It has become inescapable to rely on computers and other social networks with easy access to cell phones. No amount of warning to hazards of electromagnetic waves and their ecological degradation could halt the gluttony of human search for information. A peculiar situation has come to unite in the society – what with the authorities making the mandatory addition of cellular numbers of citizenry in their day-to-day interaction with government.

It was a regular question asked to someone who would behave with arrogance and insolent could – if they’d grown horns. Nobody knows, whose prophesy it was but it has become true now. A recent study has revealed startling information that due to bad posture in seeing mobiles, horns are growing on young peoples’ skulls due to phone usage. The study on bio mechanics of the subjects has to be looked at in earnest to discourage the use of mobile phones not only by the younger lot but also the elderly people, who indulge in phones and computer systems.

The best solution is to observe a global’No cellular Day’ officially declared by the United Nations. This is supposed to be a sequel to the’Earth Hour Movement’ that is observed each year by switching off non-essential power supplies for one hour. This event reduces warming of our planet earth and especially does a good deal of good, when observed throughout the globe. click here for more

A similar occasion for time-off from mobiles might be the solution to detox ourselves from technology, which in turn would keep us in bliss – faraway from data overload. It would in fact be a real challenge, possibly the world may come to a standstill on the day of observance but to have an encore of bliss, free from the clutches of excessive technology – I repeat, excessive tech – as I don’t need to be termed a’naysayer’, the world demands an experiment of the unthinkable dimension. Anything in excess is dangerous.

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