I'm still in the teething stages of the information diet.theanimal wrote:Are there any other sites that you visit daily besides farnamstreet?
I'm on a very low information diet now but still find myself consuming more noise than I would like. It may just be due to the nature of the beast, much of the internet is just noise anyways. I have been debating whether or not severely limiting my internet usage (a handful of days a month) would help things. Right now, I average about 2 or so days a week where I use the internet. Though I don't know... I haven't come to a conclusion yet.
The basic goal is to read things with the intention of learning something very specific. For all that matters I could read on the internet all day as long as it follows a chain of actual needs.
Farnamstreetblog is the only thing I read without a clear intent of learning something.
However! There is a bit of dissonance to my info diet project since I work in Pomodoros. Those 5 min breaks between work sessions often get filled with youtube videos of people who talk about battling procrastination, motivation, anti-burnout, and accelerated learning of all kinds.
My biggest info sins are chess.com (because I play correspondance), these forums, youtube and farnamstreet.
I DO go on stats.stackexchange because my work 'demands' it.
So in other words: My info diet is not particularly well off at the moment. I have simply narrowed the range of sites I visit down, which has taken the worst sting out of wasting time, but it is by no means close to where I'd ideally like to go.
I have observed something strange though. Since I visit these forums and farnamstreet, I am mostly confronted with a lot of stuff perspectives that I am not used to, and so my interest is CONSTANTLY piqued. The unintended information I am getting is of a much higher quality, but none the less, it distracts me from what I really should be doing. Farnamstreet and the ERE forums have simply made it easier for me to make excuses to myself about why I'm wasting time.
Thus, I really should stop visiting ERE and farnam altogether and keep it to once per week say. I am completely unable to stop using the net, I need it constantly for my work.