In this day and age, not having access to a surplus of information at the touch of a button can be a major source of frustration; but it can also be a source of anxiety being bombarded with constant updates, overflowing feeds and total information overloads. With the rate that online platforms are updated, people are overwhelmed and practically drowning in information.
In Ron Ashkenas’ Managing the Information Avalanche, he expands upon Tom Brokaw’s views that more information doesn’t exactly mean that it brings more understanding. Brokaw believes people have to work even harder to comprehend the massive amounts of information through categorizing it, and putting things into context; and unless we can take the time to do all of that, and do it well, we’re almost making ourselves less knowledgeable and more overwhelmed.
With the Millennial addiction to social media, one would be led to think it’s preprogrammed in our brains how to use it. Unfortunately, most Millennials use social media for just that: to be social. What Generation X or younger doesn’t understand is that social media can be used to our advantage, both personally and professionally. Thankfully, the Millennial light bulb has illuminated and they’re finally embracing that social media is becoming one of the most important professional tools they will need to boost their careers- not just to share their love of Beiber or current mood.
Kate Braddock, executive social and media director of Syracuse, wrote an interesting article about the nine ways students could use social media to boost their careers; and even though the article is geared towards students, I think it’s a great reminder and tip for all professionals.
When I first started college, I was reluctant to give in to the social media trend beyond having a simple Facebook account. Twitter, Flickr, and blogging just weren’t some things that I could get into the habit of doing; now, I can’t imagine not being apart of the social media sphere and actively contributing to it. Continue reading