It is currently estimated that through mobile phones, electronic mail, television, radio, newspapers, books, social media etc people receive about 105,000 words and 34 Gigabytes of information per day. Unfortunately, alot of this information is superficial, manipulated, and biased. People are so inundated and overwhelmed by the deluge of information overload, that they lose the ability to think and feel, to assess what is real and what is fake, what is useful or what is harmful. The media sells it, and you live the role.
I recently listened to a TED Talk “How language shapes the way we think” and realized that simply listening to the nightly news can place biased and irrational thoughts in our minds, like it or not. I prefer to have freedom of thought, where my thoughts are my own and not biased or manipulated by others.
One defense mechanism is to simply shut off the misinformation flow. Another is to practice metacognition – the art of thinking about what you are thinking. Why do I think the way I do, how can I think differently, what thoughts do I wish to create? Perhaps we should all think, and think again, how can we work together to solve the world’s problems rather than working against each other. Try starting with one small step forward to shut off the misinformation overload and see if you can take the next step by practicing metacognition.
Watch the Ted Talk here: