Information Overload or Addiction?

Nokia reported at MindTrek 2010 that the average person looks at their phone 150 times a day, or once every six-and-a-half minutes of every waking hour. (“The next 10 years in mobile | TechCentral”, 2011, p.1) In 2008, teens spent an average of 30 hours per week on the computer and TV. (“Many Teens Spend”, 2008, p. xx-xx) Now that number is more like 8 hours per day. “18-34-year-olds report spending 3.8 hours a day” (“Social Networking “, n.d., p. 1); or even more astonishing is

“Among social network users, Indonesians and Saudi Arabians spend the most time, at an average of 5.1 hours daily, followed by the Turkish (4.9 hours), Argentinians (4.7 hours), and Russians (4.6 hours). In fact, almost one-third of social network users in Indonesia report spending at least 6 hours a day socializing on social media sites.” (“Social Networking “, n.d., p. 1)

Maybe the most avid users are college students, back in 2009 “spend an average of 12 hours each day engaged with some type of media” (“College Students “, 2009, p. 1)

Remember some of this data is almost four years old, who knows what it’s up to now.

One question for everyone, and let’s be honest. When was the last time you went on vacation and did not check your phone, computer, email or social webpage? Even worst, did you check them for work related messages. Or even still did you respond?

Is it information overload or information addiction? Are we less important if nobody is trying to contact us or responding to our latest post?  I’ll admit that I get a thrill when someone follows me, likes my post, or comments on my blog, especially if it’s someone I don’t know (A new found friend).  A social media training class I took said that if you don’t update and monitor your site people will lose interest and not come back, is that true for my friends?

I just bought a cabin and it does not get any cell phone service. All we could do was fish, hike or work around the place. You tend to get a lot done without electronic interruptions. My kids went crazy, so I broke down and got the internet. They could not understand why someone would sit around for hours waiting for fish to bite and trying to have a nice casual conversation – BORING!  My kids will never understand what it means to go through a childhood unplugged, but I sure do miss those days.

reference:

College Students Spend 12 Hours/Day with Media, Gadgets. (2009, November 30). Retrieved July 10, 2013, from http://www.marketingcharts.com/television/college-students-spend-12-hoursday-with-media-gadgets-11195/

The next 10 years in mobile | TechCentral. (2011, November 25). Retrieved July 10, 2013, from http://www.techcentral.co.za/the-next-10-years-in-mobile/27622/

Social Networking Eats Up 3+ Hours Per Day For The Average American User. (2013, January 9). Retrieved from http://www.marketingcharts.com/wp/interactive/social-networking-eats-up-3-hours-per-day-for-the-average-american-user-26049

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  1. greaselightning says:

    Nice post. I just got back to Juba, South Sudan after three weeks in the bush with little or no contact except with flies. Your cabin sounds wonderful but for now all I really want is to be in the arms of my Sweet Avery and see my loved ones!

    The Spirit has taught me much about the value of loving and being loved. The lessons about connectivity have been rather poignant and you state the facts rather well.

    Your friend, Cohort and brother in Lord Christ,

    Loren

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