Great piece by The Wirecutter's Brian Lam on a Stanford research report suggesting that spending considerable amounts of time on multimedia/technology can make us unhappy.
The cure? To be a little more careful about what composes our information diet. Don't consume fast-growing sites with the "intellectual equivalent of gummy bears" (I guess CoN would fall in that category with our easily digestible titbits of news). Instead, take back your time by skipping all the bullshit from sites that "don't have enough time to think their work through."
The first thing I did was to take back my time. I quit all the online content that was id-provoking and knee jerk. I stopped reading the stupid hyped up news stories that are press releases or rants about things that will get fixed in a week. I stopped reading the junk and about the junk that was new, but not good. I stopped reading blogs that write stories like "top 17 photos of awesome clouds by iphone" and "EXCLUSIVE ANGRY BIRDS COMING TO FACEBOOK ON VALENTINES DAY." And corporate news that only affects the 1%. Most days, I feel like most internet writers and editors are engaging in the kind of vapid conversation you find at parties that is neither enlightening or entertaining, and where everyone is shouting and no one is saying anything. I don't have time for this.
I particularly liked this part:
I also stopped reading twitter and facebook regularly, because most of my online acquaintances are nice, but I like to think about these experiences as shallow and yes, also I don't give a shit about 99% of people I interact with online. I've met some great friends online, but once I find them I would prefer to spend that time and energy with the few I would do anything for. Also, clicking the like button 1 billion times will never give you an orgasm or a hug or a high five.
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