Social Commentary

Confessions Of An Info Junkie…

In books, reading, reflectons, televison on December 12, 2010 at 11:50 am


I’m a self-professed info junkie.  The older I get, the junkier I become.  My info high usually comes from articles or television programs about health related issues.  If it were only that simple… I also get hooked in by the mere mention of movies, recipes, celebrities, music, books, and political topics that might pique my interest.

Some of my symptoms include, but are not limited to: 

  •  It’s hard to throw away books and magazines.  Wonder if I need to refer to them again? I have given some of mags and books away, but it’s so difficult.
  • I get on the internet to check my email, and I always get sidetracked by little grabbers like AOL news.
  • I have numerous magazine subscriptions—including Prevention, First, and Reader’s Digest—but I can’t keep up with the reading.  When a new one comes, I have to browse through it—momentarily abandoning my older magazines like a bad habit.  The pictures and words just call my name.
  • I get the local newspaper on a daily basis.  They, too, pile up, because I refuse to throw them away until I’ve read each item of interest.  
  • So, I don’t forget anything, I write lots of good information down from books, the newspaper, television, and magazines—creating clutter, clutter, and more clutter. 
  • My DVR is usually filled to near capacity, because I just have to watch the latest Dr. Oz, that special about Diabetes, etc.

What can I do?

  • I’m always looking for new ways to organize things that I’ve copied down or clipped from a magazine.  The latest–an alphabetized, index card holder.  I’m tryin’… 
  • Although, I wouldn’t call myself a slow reader, I’ve thought about learning to speed read. With so much to read, a little more speed just might help the situation.  
  • I could just say no to taping a new show or purchasing a new magazine.  But, then, I might miss something important.  I wouldn’t be able to bear it.   

Perhaps, I shouldn’t be too hard on myself.  After all, what would the world be like without new stuff to read, watch, and learn?  If you ask me, it would be a pretty boring place.

Well, I better get going.  I need to finish reading the Sunday newspaper.


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