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Online gluttony will be moderated

January 2, 2012

One friend has just posted pictures of a recent summer trip. Another has posted wedding pics.

One of the Kardashians got divorced and another is pregnant.

The perennial presidential campaign circus heats up while the economic outlook is colder than the Arctic.

Between Facebook, the Internet, and TV, a person in modern times has hardly “alone” time.

How much can the brain, and the whole system really, gobble up?

Everyone knows we’re “overloaded” and has something to say about it. Some of us are actually raising alarms about dire consequences ranging from lack of deep thoughts and attention deficit disorder to frivolousness and lack of empathy. Some throw unhappiness and even the morphing of the human race into the mix.

I beg to differ.

We have survived the ice age, the plague, and  all the  disasters–  natural and otherwise. And I think we can survive the gluttony of being ” over plugged-in” unscathed (we may not survive our greed and arrogance, but that is another issue for another day).

This whole online gluttony resembles eating disorder. Humanity is basically acting like the proverbial kid in a candy store but will sooner or later get sick, grow out of it, and settle within a normal range.

I wouldn’t be surprised to hear of  the “Jenny Craigs” and the “Atkins diets” for online feeding disorder, anytime soon. It wouldn’t surprise me either if clinics for online “overindulgence”, where one would pay to be “plugged-in free”, start to pop up, and destinations, where one would pay for the privilege of having no phones, Internet, or TV at all,  become popular tourist attractions.

We will always have  the likes of that teenager from California who averaged 10, 000 messages every 24 hours for a month. But also, we will always have the deep thinkers that stand outside of it all so they can have something good to bring to us.

And just like a healthy weight and food nutritional facts have been established, an average of healthy plugged-in time and guidelines will be established (may be a unit other than hours/day will be assigned to account for age, line of work, mental maturity and so forth).

We have thrived with some of us overweight, slim, or average. We will do just fine with some of us over-connected and plugged-in 24 hours a day and some of us not at all.