Summary of The Information Diet

A Case for Conscious Consumption

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Swallowing too much information can compromise your mental health. So watch your intake but include this tasty book.


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The remarkable developments of the digital age easily become overwhelming. From laptops to iPads to Twitter to Bluetooth, consumers have a greater ability to communicate and access information today than at any time in history. But being plugged in can seem like a form of slavery if you feel compelled to click on every email, respond to every text message, or spend hours monitoring multiple websites and watching YouTube videos. Just as a diet of chocolate chip cookies and tortilla chips can lead to obesity, consuming too many empty calories of information can compromise your mental health. Political communications expert Clay A. Johnson, who managed the online part of President Barack Obama’s first campaign for the White House, explains how to be a selective data consumer and protect your peace of mind. getAbstract recommends his self-protective tactics to anyone who’s ready to adopt a more discerning approach to information consumption. His advice can help you lower the level of technological noise buzzing around your head and improve your concentration and productivity. If you feel inundated by the volume of material on the web, step back, take a deep breath, and formulate a strategy to use the good stuff and leave the rest behind.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why consuming too much information is unhealthy
  • How information and communication have changed over time
  • How to become a more aware information consumer


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About the Author

Clay A. Johnson managed Barack Obama’s online campaign for the presidency in 2008 and directs Sunlight Labs at the Sunlight Foundation.

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    ANANDH SUNDAR 4 years ago
    This summary actually makes a good case for services like getabstract, which condense knowledge well and reduce information overload

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