information overload


I haven’t had my daily dosage of newspapers, in particular the Financial Times, in about 18 months, and guess what, I’m still alive and the world still goes round.

In this age, we are overloaded with information: TV, newspapers, magazines, internet, and social media to say the least. Every day we deal with email after emails, and then try to stay ahead of the news and the latest events around the world. We are busy with updating our statuses on Facebook, Twitter and 微博 amongst other gadgets. Walking on the streets, chances are you will bump head on with someone who also had their heads buried in their smartphones or funky devices doing goodness knows what. Or you have coffee with a friend to catch up with each other – whilst both of you are engrossed in, again, your phones, chatting with someone else on whatsapp or bbm.

Oh and then the trap of blogging. Psyched with increasing traffic flow and popularity, we update and post onto all the social media functions we can find. We maximize our visibility by posting every single little irrelevant thing we read on the Internet onto Facebook and Twitter and Buzz and then tagging everyone we know. We are active and we share information every chance we get. We submit articles to websites and write guest posts. We check our analytics every other day to make sure the numbers are increasing. We even keep multiple sites to boost hits and links to our main sites.

And what for?

Seriously, the simple act of logging on to any of the social media sites tires me and yet I do so to publicize my blog. But then again, I write my blog for me and to confront my own issues, and perhaps to inspire a few others hopefully, not to become famous and profitable. It’s very contradictory. I really cannot be bothered to stay ahead of all this technology because it drowns me. So many other pleasures in life such as reading a novel is overcrowded by the erratic sense of urgency to read all the latest blog posts available. I do not understand the psychology behind flashing my life for everyone to see on the internet – yes we share good times and the photos are fun, but really, you don’t need a minute by minute update of what I am doing everyday. Nor do I really care about what you eat everyday for lunch. Honestly.

So, take a break from the entangled prison of information.

If you are enjoying your life so much then focus on the bliss instead of uploading photos immediately. Put away the computer, the phone, the ipad, the whatever extraneous variable you are using.

Sit, breathe, and listen to yourself.

Be the natural you that exists simply. Zuckerberg can wait.

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about Noch Noch

Enoch Li, (pen name: Noch Noch) was born and raised in Hong Kong and Australia. She has also studied / worked / lived in the US, France, UK, Japan, The Netherlands, China, and has travelled to more than 40 countries. She loves travelling and her curiosity in foreign cultures and languages has led her to enjoy her life as an international executive in the banking & finance industry. However, she was forced to take time off work in 2010 due to her illnesses and after spending time in recovery, cooking, practising Chinese calligraphy, reading and writing – in short, learning to take care of herself and letting out the residual work stress, she has transitioned into a Social Entrepreneur and founded BEARAPY to help corporates make workplaces mentally healthy, and support executives to become more resilient.