Over-stimulation and Modern Life

I’m a child of the smart phone generation. Not an early adopter by any means, but I reckon that I’m always close behind. So Twitter, web forums, rss feeds, email alerts, Facebook, podcasts and a variety of other more conventional media play a regular part of my life.

But recently I’ve found myself pulling away from all this information.  I’ve been switching my mobile into flight mode in the evenings (I have a few eBooks that i’m reading). I’ve barely tweeted for a couple of weeksand not really been on Facebook for more than a month. I keep up with the news that I have to for work, but trends to get a lot of that from radio or discussing things with others.

Why? I just feel overwhelmed with the amount of information. It’s like I’ve turned into some sort of information junkie who can’t wait for his next fix. And can’t drag himself away from it. If I do it too late at night then it keeps me awake. I’m missing out on the things that I enjoy, the fun parts of life, the just being, existing, smelling the roses bits. Life is passing me by.

It doesn’t help that my job engulfs me with everything that is going on in the area. But in order to keep my sanity I need to do the things I love too. Reading real books. Walking with no artificial soundtrack. Taking photos. Just lying down and not thinking for a while. Just being.

So that’s my task to myself for the next little while. Take some time out each day just to be me. Then hopefully the person I was will return.

About David

Hi, I'm David. I live in Aberdeen (UK) with my beloved wife and two (sometimes beloved) cats. By training I'm an engineer, but a strange sort of engineer who has social skills and is happier working with people rather than designing stuff. Professionally I work in the oil industry facilitating collaborative technology development. In my spare time I'm a non-exec at Aberdeen Forward, an environment/sustainability social enterprise. If you're interested then check me out at twitter.com/davidriddell or linkedin.com/davidriddell.
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