I feel strongly that we need to limit our consumption and it’s become such a chore to do so in the digital age. It’s far too easy to be out somewhere, Google something on my cell phone and then find myself reading about the thing I Googled opposed to living in the moment and experience. Unfortunately, this is our culture now.

I believe technology has made it so the media, so that journalism has been able to progress at a much faster rate than it should have therefore making it less credible and more emotion than fact fueled.

I think we need to be more selective of the information we take in and that means truly knowing ourselves and having the will power not to go down the rabbit hole. I could lose hours to this but I’ve learned to set a time limit and when time is up, I’m done.

There is however, a certain level of information we as creators need to take in in order to learn, thrive and grow. A for instance would be that I just consumed your article and it was a good conformation for me that I limit my internet usage, keep social media off my cell phone and live with the daily ritual of working by hand whether it be writing or art.

I’m not one of those people who can produce within so much noise and that’s what the vast and endless internet of information does for me. It creates noise. Maybe it’s my generation. I still read books, as in actual books with pages I can turn, with dust to collect on it as it sits on the shelf once I’m done reading it. When I was in high school there wasn’t internet. I remember when I saw a computer for the first time in the school library and it was huge, ridiculous and fascinating.

This is not to say it’s all bad. I would just prefer to spend my time consuming at the library than I would on my laptop or cell phone.

I enjoyed your article and am looking forward to reading more from you in the future.

Newspaper reporter in Eastern Iowa. The views expressed are mine alone.

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