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Ramblings from a librarian
Whilst I'm tucked up in bed with my laptop on this wet and windy Sunday, I find myself thinking about how overwhelming life has become. We now have such extraordinary access to information that it's led to a feeling of information overload. I have enough trouble keeping on top of my paper filing at home let alone trying to handle the abundance of information I'm privy to through such technologies like Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, RSS , Email, Blogs and more that I now find myself asking what on earth did we do prior to the Internet? One thing comes to mind - we were more relaxed! We could happily kick back with the weekend newspaper, cuppa in hand without that niggly feeling we should be blogging, tweeting, updating our Facebook status, adding photos to Flickr for our friends and family to view or catching up with the thousand or so feeds on our Google Reader. I'm not sure why but I feel a sense of guilt whenever I spend more time than is necessary on the Internet. But how long, you may ask, is considered a 'necessary' amount of time - after all it's all choice, or is it? We talk about work/life balance but what about online/offline balance? How do we measure this? Is it when you're getting sore from being hunched over the computer and your arm feels like it's about to drop off? Or when your house looks like you've had a party which in reality you didn't have because you deemed it more important to spend hours playing Bejewelled or some other brain training, mind altering, hand-eye coordinating game! About all of this I'm not too sure except that for the moment, even just for a little while, I'm going to 'sign out' and return to offline reality.