Today when I woke up I checked my scarletmail account. I don’t usually actually go into it- everything is forwarded to my normal gmail account- but I checked just to clear out some of the accumulated junk. What I found bothered me. I had at least one email a day from three out of my six class classes (some had more than one email a day!). There was dozens of sakai notifications confirming posts I’d made, and that posts I’d made had been read. There was also an obscene amount of information from housing, none of which actually helped guide me through the new lottery process.
When I checked my phone there were more emails, texts, facebook notifications, and updates to install. Instant work for me to do, before 8 am. This technology is supposed to make our lives easier, better. Why do I feel so overwhelmed then?
When I logged in to check out the blog I got the same feeling. Totally overwhelmed. There is so much information, and embedded in that information are links to websites with more information, which of course cite and reference and shoot you to other places.
Some days I handle the internet and technology just fine, but today I feel like a rat in a maze. There is so much out there, and I can’t help but feel lost. My computer skills are fine and its not like I don’t know how to navigate the web. It just seems so ridiculous. What are we losing in the constant tagging and emailing and notifying of things? It feels like so much must be taken out of context or have been poorly researched. With the need to rapidly post and notify I think we’re losing a lot (and not just our sanity).
And I’m not the only one who feels this way. A third of adults in a Cambridge study felt the same way- and so did 38% of kids 10-18. People, even when equipped with the tools to deal with technology, are feeling overwhelmed by it.
To make things better, the video I had attached to this post didn’t come up when I hit publish. I hate the internet.