Summary of I Used to Be a Human Being
An endless bombardment of news and gossip and images has rendered us manic information addicts. It broke me. It might break you, too.
New York Magazine, 2016
Stop. Turn off your phone and computer. Sit still for an hour. Not possible? You should read this article.
When you see the headline of yet another article on information overload and the hyperconnected digital age, your immediate impulse may be to skim, scroll down and click on to the next thing. But getAbstract recommends you scroll back, print this article and read it offline. In this deeply personal article, Andrew Sullivan goes beyond the tut-tutting and hand-wringing. He explores the origins of people’s need for information; explains how people find ways to escape the onslaught of gossip, memes, points and counterpoints; and narrates what happened when he surrendered his smartphone.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why you can easily become addicted to your devices
- How the frenetic pace of the information age can cause harm
- How people find relief from information overload
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