Information fatigue syndrome (IFS) is a term used to describe the feeling of being overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information that we are bombarded with on a daily basis. It is estimated that the average person is exposed to around 174 newspapers worth of information every day, and that’s not even counting the constant stream of information from television, radio, the internet and social media.
With so much information to process, it’s no wonder that many people feel overwhelmed and fatigued by it all. Symptoms of IFS can include anxiety, irritability, difficulty concentrating, insomnia and even depression.
The good news is that there are ways to combat information fatigue syndrome. Here are a few tips:
– Be selective about the sources of information you allow into your life. Unsubscribe from newsletters and email lists that you no longer read, and unfollow social media accounts that add nothing of value to your life.
– Schedule some “information-free” time into your day. Whether it’s an hour in the morning or evening, or even just 20 minutes, use this time to disconnect from all screens and devices and do something that doesn’t involve consuming or processing information.
– When you do need to consume information, give yourself time to process it properly. Don’t try to cram too much information into a short period of time.
– Simplify your life where possible. The less clutter and “stuff” you have in your life, the less information you’ll have to process on a daily basis.
– Be mindful of your media diet. Just as you are careful about what you eat and drink, be mindful of the information you allow into your life. Be selective and balanced in your consumption, and make sure that the information you take in is nourishing and beneficial for you.
Information fatigue syndrome is a real phenomenon that can have a significant impact on your mental and emotional wellbeing. But by being mindful of the information you allow into your life, you can protect yourself from its negative effects.