Content Oversaturation: Why It's A Problem
Start writing a post
Student Life

Content Oversaturation: Why It's A Problem

It is easier than ever to procrastinate.

1291
Content Oversaturation: Why It's A Problem
Phycology Today

We’ve all been there. A big paper needs to be written and you would rather drag your nails across a chalk board instead of sit down and focus on the assignment. Part of the problem, for me at least, is that there are so many sources of information and entertainment available to me.

Instead of being productive I could do a number of other activities. I could scroll through social media, watch cute animal videos, play with Snapchat filters, read a fun novel, watch sports...the list goes on. Not to say that some of these pursuits are not productive or even educational, they are just not the most useful way to spend time when a school assignment needs to be completed. Sometimes my problem is academically related. For instance I will be at the library and find a book that looks interesting, but I don’t have time to read it because it is not related to my paper.

I feel like this problem is much more relevant to recent generations who have easy access to the internet. The internet is a powerful tool that facilitates access to vast amounts of information. However this is a double-edge sword. It is extremely easy to fall off track and end up accomplishing nothing that you set out to do. Earlier generations did not have this problem to such a large extent. Research was done sifting through books in the library. Friends were not constantly texting, snapchatting, and tweeting at you. Now all you have to do is log onto Facebook to see a clickbait headline and a political post that will stir up your emotions.

This is a problem that I have been calling “content oversaturation.” There are so many things trying to grab our attention when online. Advertisements are targeted and content is designed to be short and attention grabbing. The internet truly is over saturated. This is evident in social media sites like Facebook showing us posts that are deemed “popular” by an algorithm, rather than showing posts in chronological order. This content oversaturation is a special kind of hell for procrastinators.

I do procrastinate sometimes, but I believe that I have good judgement. I know that when a deadline is coming up it is crunch time. I have never pulled an academic related all-nighter before...yet. I do find it easier to procrastinate when there is so much content and things to do on the internet.

Here are a few tips for those suffering from content oversaturation procrastination. The first thing I would do is turn your phone off. I found recently that if I turn my phone off and put it out of sight, I’m less likely to check it every 30 seconds. Another idea is working on a public computer. You will be less likely to visit social media sites, because you are not automatically logged into your accounts. Finally, working in the library can be helpful. For reading many people need a quiet place. Libraries are also often associated with studying and academic work.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Featured

Are New Year’s Resolutions Overrated? Why Not?

Every year, the same debates spark around the idea of new year’s resolutions. Some people think it’s the perfect time to turn over a new leaf, while others point to studies that show the failure rate of these resolutions. Spoiler alert: most fail.

24374
New Year’s Resolutions Overrated

Every year, the same debates spark around the idea of new year’s resolutions. Some people think it’s the perfect time to turn over a new leaf, while others point to studies that show the failure rate of these resolutions. Spoiler alert: most fail.

Keep Reading... Show less
How to Use Your Passion for Writing to Complete Academic Essays

Academic paper writing is often considered one of the most dreaded parts of college for students. Most people hate it, even if they are into writing in general. Many students feel like it puts them into a box where no creative expression is possible. Like having to use a more formal tone of voice and thinking about referencing restricts one’s flow of thought.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

How Long Would It Take To Mine A Bitcoin?

No one will give you the correct answer to this question because there are a lot of details that they need to know. But, you can roughly estimate it based on the equipment you have a few more factors. One thing that needs to be mentioned is that mining has changed a lot over the years.

68848
Mine A Bitcoin

they need to know. But, you can roughly estimate it based on the equipment you have a few more factors. One thing that needs to be mentioned is that mining has changed a lot over the years.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

5 Cakes You Need to Try This Winter

Spending the winter trying different cakes can be a great way to combat seasonal depression. Lift the spirits of your entire family by trying these five cakes.

63637
Try This Winter

The winter can be a dull time spent indoors with very little change. But, it doesn't have to be that way. There are plenty of ways to spice up your daily routine, and dessert is one of them.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

5 Reasons to Consider a Career as a Defense Lawyer

Lawyers are supposed to be unbiased. Lawyers are trained to look at both sides of an issue and give equal weight to each side. It is meant to be their mantra, "My client is innocent until proven guilty."

122358
Career as a Defense Lawyer

Lawyers are supposed to be unbiased. Lawyers are trained to look at both sides of an issue and give equal weight to each side. It is meant to be their mantra, "My client is innocent until proven guilty." But if you're thinking about becoming a defense attorney, it's not this pretty simple. Defense lawyers argue that their clients are innocent because they don't want their actions to seem suspect in any way. They essentially say for the sake of the argument itself. If you're trying to decide whether or not becoming a defense attorney is something you would like to do, here are five reasons why it's worth considering:

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments