Intentional Information Inundation   Leave a comment

I love information. I love to just soak it all up like a giant sponge.

Most of the time it doesn’t even matter what it is. Sure, I have my more favored subjects, like psychology and personality typology, philosophy, religious debates, and a few others. But I will also spend larger amounts of time on less than useful subjects, like plot analysis of book series I haven’t read, video games I haven’t played, weapons I’ll never use and fields I’ll never go into.

Do I need to know how to make napalm, or C4? How about what a manic pixie dream girl, or what fridge horror is?

Not really, but it is fun to know. I don’t know why it is fun to know. I’ve just always found stuff like that fascinating. I have lots of theories as to why I’m this way. It could be a sign that I have ADHD. It could be that it is a trait of extraverted intuition (Ne) which is the auxiliary trait of an INTP. It could be that I’m a real life example of the seeker archetype. It could be I’m just bored with way too much time on my hands.

All I really know for sure is that it makes getting any one things done impossible. If I just sit down and try to focus on just one task, I get bored and distracted. Then, when my deadline hits, I either submit a half-finished product or a completely finished, but extremely rushed product.

Sometimes it can be a bonus towards work, if I am interested in the subject. Those times I burn through the project the first day and then either continue to refine it, or get bored and move to something else. That is nice, except people start to expect you to work that quickly all the time, and I normally cannot keep that pace.

In the end, its just the way I am. I don’t think its a probelm, as long as it doesn’t disrupt my life.

Just to drive the point home, I currently have 15 tabs open in my second browser window at work. 2 for snopes, 4 for rational wiki, 2 for personality cafe, 1 for IMDB, 2 for Deseret news, 1 for personality junkie, and 2 for WordPress. That would be a typical day for me.

Ok, maybe I do have a problem…


Posted 05/16/2014 by Shay in Personal Thoughts

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