Information Addiction – The Ancient Legacy
Human beings seem to have been selected by nature to be particularly fond of Infobesity;
this is also the reason why we can’t get away from the Social Media news feeds …
We accumulate more and more information and data, just as we stack large quantities of stuff, often useless, to respond to an ancestral instinct we carry with us from the times we lived in the caves…
How Corporates exploit Infobesity
This is well known both by the web giants, starting with Social Media, and the E-Commerce sites, which try to leverage our primordial instincts to lead us to “consume” more and more information or push us to make compulsive purchases.
However, unlike material consumer goods, information has an additional attraction:
the illusion of increasing our knowledge and our control over the world around us, often chaotic and unpredictable.
Information as knowledge delusion
By accumulating more information, we delude ourselves to acquire important knowledge for our own survival;
if it were not that the accumulation of information has a disastrous effect on attention, which is the essential element for acquiring authentic knowledge.