I first encountered this term in a blog post on Six Pixels of Separation – which is just one of the countless blogs and email newsletters I devour every day.
A light bulb went off in my head as I read it – that’s me! And if there’s an actual word for my condition, then I must not be alone.
“Human beings have an unquenchable thirst for information… not just knowledge.”
So of course I had to learn more I found an article on Slate that talks about how our brains are hard-wired for Seeking.
According to Washington State University neuroscientist Jaak Panksepp, “Seeking is the granddaddy of the systems. It is the mammalian motivational engine that each day gets us out of the bed, or den, or hole to venture forth into the world.”
As an Infovore, I’m in the perfect industry for Seeking – Internet Marketing. The pace of change and new information to be learned is a virtual speeding food conveyor belt.
But there is downside as well. It’s not humanly possible to consume all the information being produced. So there’s a dilemma.
The Internet is like an all-you- eat salad bar. Even though most of the food on it (at least that I consume) is healthy, when you eat too much, you feel uncomfortably full & you finally have to stop.
The mind doesn’t seem to work that way. No matter much information I consume, my mind never seems to get full. It does however get unfocused & that’s part of the challenge of being an Infovore.
So I’ve decided that I need to change my information diet. Seeking needs to be limited and spread out so my mind has time to digest and process what has been taken in.
Here’s my 6-Step Program for making sure my Seeking is healthy (I’m not doing 12 steps because there are positive aspects to being an Infovore.)
- Unsubscribe from 5 email newsletters & 10 RSS feeds I currently monitor
- Close my email program when working on a project
- Only have the application necessary to that project open
- Use a timer to enforce focused blocks of work
- Only read one book at time
- Set aside a certain amount of time each day to sit unplugged to allow my mind to digest & process
How about you? Are you a full-blown Infovore or do you have those tendencies? What have you done to have a more balanced information diet?