Even before the rise of second-brain apps like notion, obsidian or roam; there was this invention called the filling cabinet known as a great gigantic memory tool. The benefit was being able to organize content of any sort of information: documents, bills, tax forms, receipts, and more. But not everyone was happy of how the filling caninets were suppose to externalized personal memory.
What would be the consequences of trying to turn every aspect if your life into information? -
We are constantly turning our lives into data, much of it nonphysical: photos, screenshots, notes, messages and bookmarked and other digital detritus. This compendium of self-knowledge seems only to expand. Now, there is a new category of apps known as "personal-knowledge bases" or simply as "second brains". These type of apps like Notion, Obsidian and Roam Research are designed not only to store everyrhing that our brains cant hold but to makes us better at retrieving information.
"If a thought can not be retrived, then it's not a useful thoughts"
These platforms have fostered subcultures of devotees users, who built templates of almost anything from Habits Trackers to Life Dashboards. These apps encourage a radical level of self-documentation, especially the most prosaic details of their lives on to them.
People have databases of all the books they wanna read or articles to read. Watching notions users describe how they are building their systems and accumulating information of every aspect of their lives. But, do we really need all that information? Why is this need to constantly capture and store information increasing so rapidly?
Even though, these apps have created subcultures that adore using them to upload and organize information at an excesive level, saying that they are the despicable tools is an exageration. They do serve their purpose of organizing data, its just that we need to get aware of how we are using it, if what we are doing with it is meaningful or just an activity we do to feel "productive and busy".
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