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Die liewe internet!

InformationOh, the internet – that amazing global collaboration that brings the world to a digital device near you.

Like all awesome technological progress, it also brings plenty of problems. In this case, it’s the huge amount of useless or even dangerous information it puts at your fingertips.

Let’s see how we can sort the digital wheat from the chaff.

Honestly assess your information diet

recent post likened the abundant information from the digital revolution to the abundant calories from the agricultural revolution.

Calories are food for our bodies. Information is food for our minds. 

So, how’s your mental diet been lately? Do you feed your mind with healthy amounts of wisdom-rich information? Or is it more like one long empty information binge?

Empty information is just like empty calories: great for instant endorphin releases, terrible for long-term health and vitality. 

Cutting out empty information is key to a healthy digital diet.

Video streaming

Digital video entertainment offers an excellent example of this comparison between information and food: 

  • Semi-illegal streaming of series and movies is like dirt-cheap empty calories. A decidedly average experience that makes you prone to catching some nasty viruses, but oh so addictive.
  • Budget subscription platforms like Netflix are like a cheap all-you-can-eat buffet. To get good value from your purchase, you have to stuff yourself to bursting point.
  • Platforms like Google Play where you pay for what you watch promote quality over quantity. This is like buying a fine chocolate and enjoying it slowly, preferably with friends.
  • Going to see a highly rated new movie in the cinema is like a fine dining experience.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the last two are much preferred to the first two.

Just like food, endorphins from digital treats are sometimes useful to improve mood or enhance a nice social situation. And just like food, we should focus on healthier snacking.

The key bit of wisdom in the above-linked post goes thusly: if you can’t get yourself to pay for a healthier snack, you clearly don’t need it.

So, it’s either healthy digital snacking or no digital snacking. 

It’s not just video

This simple rule works for any other type of online information.

Online news offers a highly topical example in these virus-infested times. Having all the world’s problems conveniently summarized at your fingertips is a smooth highway to overwhelm and anxiety.

Oorspronklike post: https://schalkcloete.com/intelligent-internet-use/

 

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Die ooreenkoms tussen kos en inligting!

My seunskind se blog trek nou heel toevallig by die belangrikheid daarvan om die inligting te beheer wat na jou toe kom en seker te maak jy stel jou nie aan goed bloot wat jou net ontstel en waaraan jy niks kan doen nie. 

InformationThe digital revolution is the dominant influencing factor in our lives today. It’s impact is so great that the whole of next week will be dedicated to digital mastery.

But before we get to that, let’s take a bit of a detour and talk about diet…

Information: food for your mind

The previous post introduced the striking similarities between food and information.

Just like nutrient-rich food nurtures your body, wisdom-rich information nurtures your mind. And of course, on the dark side, we find empty calories and empty information. 

The good, the bad, and the useless

Distinguishing between good and bad information is easy:

If it takes your mind to creative places that can genuinely benefit your life (or the lives of others), it’s good. If it gets you stuck in a distressed or distracted state with no positive outcome, it’s bad. 

Good information is like nuts, seeds and berries – super tasty and very good for you. Bad information is like a tub of cheap ice cream – not really all that great, but for some reason you can’t stop eating.

And then there’s the useless. This is the mindless flipping through TV channels, the purposeless scrolling on Facebook or the random YouTube adventures. It’s primary cost is time. 

In terms of our food analogy, useless information is like filler carbs – not good, not bad, just there. And just like filler carbs, too much of it can crowd out your capacity to consume the good stuff.

Treat your information like food

This analogy is very interesting to play with in day-to-day life.

Does the information you consumed today remind you more of a green salad or a deep-fried doughnut?

Are there perhaps some signs of addiction to your deep-fried doughnut digital treats? Or perhaps an information snacking problem? Do you know where to find the green salads of information?

Do You Maintain a Healthy Information Diet?

 

 

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Die waarde van ‘n drukkie

Drukkie bewegend.gifEk het – soos seker baie van my tydgenote – nie met drukkies grootgeword nie. Nog minder met openlike verklarings van liefde tussen familie of vriende. Maar wel met die soen-op-die-mond-gewoonte. Nogal ʼn vreemde teenstelling, as mens mooi daaroor dink.

Vandag werk dinge natuurlik meestal andersom. Mondsoene word in my kringe deesdae vir die geliefde gereserveer, of dalk vir ouer familie wat nog in die gewoonte is en dalk kan aanstoot neem as dinge nou skielik verander. Eintlik is dit so ʼn intieme handeling dat ek my amper nie ʼn tyd kan voorstel toe dit algemeen was tussen al wat leef en beef nie. Dink net aan die kieme … J Om nie eens van die snorre en baarde te praat nie. Mens hoef maar net bietjie rond te vra en jy hoor vele stories van kinders wat (vir hulle) grillerige ooms of tantes moes soen. Persoonlik het ek ‘n paar storietjies wat ek dalk nie hier moet deel nie. J Die meeste van hulle behels ‘n skaam dogtertjie en volwasse manlike familielede – of selfs ‘n skaam Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Paniekaanval!

Seisoen van Vergifnis - Copy - CopyKyk gerus weer ‘n slag na die woord hierbo: PANIEK-AANVAL. Twee skrikwekkende woorde, dodelik gekombineer om nog skrikwekkender te word. ‘n Aanval is iets wat jou bedreig, ‘n kwessie van lewe en dood. Paniek impliseer dat jy niks aan die aanval kan doen, behalwe miskien in kringe hardloop en gil. Chaos, dis hoe dit vir my klink.

Die ander assosiasie wat by my opkom, is dié van magteloosheid. Iemand wat paniekerig is, kan homself nie help nie. Hy het ‘n slagoffer geword.

Die slim mense sê ‘n paniekaanval het te doen met die liggaam se oeroue veg- of vlug meganisme. In die goeie ou dae (?) was die keuse vir ons voorouers so eenvoudig: As iets jou wou opvreet of ‘n dominante lid van jou clan wou van jou ontslae raak, het jy die keuse gehad: Jy hol weg of jy baklei.

Deesdae is die bedreigings anders (Ek laat vir die oomblik misdaad buite berekening, want dis weer ‘n heel ander storie.) en ons keuses is anders. Dis nie meer ‘n leeu of ‘n grotman wat jou met tande of knuppel aanval nie – dis dalk jou sjarmante, gesofistikeerde baas wat jou met ‘n dodelike glimlag en vlymskerp sarkasme (probeer) vermorsel. Of jou man wat weer eens sy wenkbroue lig vir die Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Random gedagtes: Hoe om gelukkig te wees!

Eindelik – hier het ons Die Antwoord! (Nee, nee, nie daaaaai Antwoord nie!). Volgens rsg (Tjailatyd met Amoré) het navorsers nou bevind dis baie eenvoudig wat die verskil is tussen gelukkige en ongelukkige mense. En vir my maak dit volkome sin.
So eenvoudig: Wanneer jou gedagtes op iets spesifieks gefokus is, voel jy gelukkig. Waarskynlik verkieslik iets waarmee jy besig is wat jou interesseer of vir jou belangrik is.
Wanneer jou gedagtes ronddwaal en jy begin tob oor allerhande goed, verdwyn die gevoel van geluk. Presies wat ek seker al ‘n miljoen keer reggekry het.
Jip, baie eenvoudig. Nou vir die toepassing …

 

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