January 16, 2018 ~ 1 min read

The Cure For Information Overload

The internet is incredible. It's led to a mindblowing amount of content creation.

Want to learn something? The options are endless. YouTube, Podcasts, Medium Articles....the list goes on. It's led to a massive democratization of information, but not necessarily a democratization of knowledge.

"A wealth of information creates a poverty of attention"
-Herbert A. Simon

In this new age of media at our fingertips, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. There is always something new to learn, a news article, or an episode of our favorite podcast to consume. We're consuming more content than ever before, but what are we actually learning from it.

Sometimes, I think the solution is to be more mindful and limit our consumption habits. Tim Ferriss has coined the term low information diet for this practice.

More often, however, I think the feeling of overwhelming comes from consuming all of this information, and not doing anything with it.

Maybe we're not consuming too much, but rather creating too little.

Maxi Ferreira

Hi, I'm Taylor . I'm a software engineer/maker/amateur chef currently living in San Francisco. You can follow me on Twitter , see some of my work on GitHub , or read about my life on Substack .