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Internet is the main source of information in 21st century and most of the information is easily accessible. But, this ease leads to addiction where an individual seeks more fresh information daily.

This addiction leads to time wastage. Most of the information might not be of much use for us but still we gather it because we are addicted to it.

How to get out of this trap?

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It is clearly a serious 21th century challenge to see and deal with information overload and not become addicted to be drawn in the ocean of information we are living in. Overcoming an addiction in general requires we see clearly the negative effects of it and build an opposite to it. You already pointed out some negative results "This addiction leads to time wastage. Most of the information might not be of much use for us". –  Mohamad Fakih Jul 10 '13 at 9:42
I find this ironical since the best SE answers tend to contain a lot of information :) –  AsheeshR Jul 10 '13 at 13:44
Another helpful book is amazon.com/The-Information-Diet-ebook/dp/B006GRYADO/… –  HLGEM Jul 10 '13 at 14:07
Great question! I too face the same dilemma. I am not able to convince myself that reading News is harmful even though it is not related to my field. I tend to think - "what harm it is to be well aware of things all around?" –  R11G Oct 14 '13 at 13:58

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It will be worth looking at Scott Hanselman's take on this - he gives a really good productivity talk 'It's not what you read, it's what you ignore', which is a personal favourite of mine. Particularly relevent for me is the section where he talks about News sites - making the point that if news is important enought, you'll find out some other way...

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That was indeed a great talk about improving productivity. Thanks for sharing! –  Chethan S. Jul 14 '13 at 11:01

Stop being an information pack rat, don't read anything if you're not gonna use that info immediately. Case closed, yes it's that easy

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