Establish clear boundaries around your digital activities.
Decide when and where to engage with digital media,
and take breaks regularly.
Turn off notifications for apps and websites
not essential to your work or personal life.
This will reduce distractions and help you stay focused.
Use filters to reduce the amount of information
that you are exposed to.
This can include email filters, social media algorithms,
or browser extensions that block certain content types.
Use Visual Aids:
Incorporate visual aids like diagrams, mind maps,
and charts to help organize complex information.
This can help to reduce the cognitive load
and make it easier to process.
Stay present and aware of your thoughts and feelings
as you engage with digital media.
This can help you to notice
when you are feeling overwhelmed
and take action to reduce your cognitive load.
: Give yourself time to step away from digital media
and engage in activities that don’t require mental effort,
such as exercise, meditation,
or spending time with friends and family.
Evaluate & Choose Quality Sources:
Are my Sources Relevant?
And limit exposure to low-quality or unreliable sources.
This can help reduce the amount of irrelevant
or misleading information you are exposed to.
By practicing these strategies,
you can reduce the risk of semantic overload
and manage your cognitive load in the digital age.
Remember that your mental health is important
, and it’s up to you to take care of it
by being mindful of the amount
and quality of information you consume,
when to engage with digital media,
and taking breaks regularly.
Resources to read more on semantic overload
Little, J. J. (2010). Cognitive load theory and library research guides. Internet Reference Services Quarterly, 15(1), 53-63.
Yildirim, C. (2017). The self-distracting mind in the digital age: Investigating the influence of a brief mindfulness intervention on mind wandering (Doctoral dissertation, Iowa State University).
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