What Is Being Shared Right Now

Have you ever wondered if what you say or do online makes a difference? I'm not talking about posting inappropriate images or typing things you will regret the moment you hit that 'Send' button. No, I'm talking about whether your word, sentence, post, thought, or image makes it through the sea of bits and bytes and not only reaches an audience, but makes a difference. You have to admit, that chart above sure is humbling and puts a lot of things in perspective.


Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock

Time Flies

Let's face it, we have a limited resource -- time (last time - HA! - I checked there were 24 hours in a day) and we need to decide how we want to allocate our time to meet our needs and wants. I've noticed that on a 'good day' I'm using over two hours of my time to check all my e-mail accounts, look at Twitter, read my Feedly accounts and various other social network sites. It is becoming more and more like 'work' and I'm NOT liking it.....

I'm also experiencing 'information' overload in terms of all these new, free, 'gotta have/gotta use' apps. I tend to grab the url and throw it into my Diigo account with the intention of weeding through it over the winter spring summer winter summer break.

The French have a saying, 'Les mals du 20eme siecle' which roughly translates to the ills imposed on individuals due to the times and circumstances (and supposed 'time saving' devices from the 20th century). I'm convinced that we are facing the same in this always-on, always-connected digital age. We have too much coming at us too fast and are, quite frankly, not able to keep up in a way that contributes positively to our health and well-being. I see a new profession resulting from this -- the Digital Psychologist.

My goal is to REDUCE, REUSE, and RECYCLE in terms of my digital experiences.
I mean really, how many online photo- editing websites MUST I use? How many screen capture programs can I have? How thin must I stretch myself over all the social networks I belong to? And yes, I can already here all the arguments about the wealth of knowledge that we are acquiring, but let's face it almost feels like we're running from fast food chain to fast food chain, gobbling everything down. Frankly, I'd rather have dinner in front of the fire, with friends I can reach out and touch, and savor every last morsel, and swirl every last drop of wine, leisurely contemplating the wonders of the budding trees on the lawn leading down to the lake ....aaaahhhhhhhhhh

And next time you're offered up a tantalizing new app, try saying 'I'll pass', then get up, go take a walk outside and let Mother Nature touch your soul......