On the telephone they tell me to go to my computer because it is sending messages to them, or that I need to invite people to my house to check my air quality, my water quality, my windows, doors and more. With email, I am directed to respond to important information by “clicking here”. Never mind what it is – just do it. Yeah, right.
On Facebook, I am constantly told to share information and post things on my wall for an hour, a day or a week. On Twitter and LinkedIn, I am told to read articles, attend seminars and look up people I might know.
I have come to the realization that I have more contact with strangers in any given day than to people that I actually know. Am I any wiser for that? Sadly, I don’t think so. Am I a better person? Well, obviously not because I resent many of the unwanted and unsolicited intrusions into my day. So where does that leave me?
We have more information at our fingertips now than ever before and it is growing at an alarming pace. However, with all of that information, there is a mixture of useful and useless. How do you separate the two? Well, sometimes you don’t, at least not until you have spent too much time.
I have been making a deliberate decision to stay away from the barrage of information for part of the day. I am trying to discern what is relevant to my business success and what is just a sales pitch. There just is not enough time in the day. For me, it isn’t necessary to check in every minute to see what comes my way through my computer. Now about those phone calls. I don’t have call display so I don’t know who is calling. I guess I just have to appreciate that all these strangers are so concerned about me.