Worries about information overload are apparently as old as information itself.
According to Vaughan Bell, a clinical and neuropsychologist at the Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia, and King’s College London, the alarm on information overload was sounded way back in — guess what — 1565.
He wrote in an article for Slate that the Swiss scientist Conrad Gessner commented almost five centuries ago about the overabundance of data, concluding it was “confusing and harmful” to the mind.
Hindsight, with a bit of humor, reveals that:
Perhaps the best one so far: How Facebook use may lead to cancer.
I can’t wait for the next big media frenzy. Will the iPad be bad for your love life?
Ultimately, the point here is that our approach to new media technologies — though not unjustified — have always been exaggerated. Take a deep breath. Understand what’s changing in society, and deal with it. You won’t be the last to complain about how the internet is changing lives.