Junk food diet for the brain

We have a problem.

A BIG problem.

And as the writer of this column, I’m sad to say I’m contributing to it.


The problem is this: we’re filling our minds with junk. Useless junk. Articles about studies and research and concepts we don’t really need to know… Viral rants that blow up every-day occurrences into a massive witch-hunt… Blogs about problems we weren’t really concerned about, until we were alerted to the Huge Crisis via a clickbait headline…

This is the way we consume information today.

And it’s the equivalent of a ‘junk food diet for the brain’.

“Increasingly, we’re filling our heads with soundbites – the mental equivalent of junk [food],” this columnist argues.

“Over a day or even a week, the changes, like those to our belly, are barely noticeable. However, if we extend the timeline to months and years, we face a worrying reality and may find ourselves looking down at the pot-belly of ignorance.”

So what can we do about it, before we get sucked into the abyss of meaninglessness?

Well, it may be too late for that. (Too cynical? Okay, I’ll try again!)

If we want to treat our minds with a little more respect and reach old-age with a brain that is sharp as a tack, then we need to raise our standards.

Don’t be so mindless in your online interactions. You have the glorious ability to be able to choose how you spend each and every moment of your time, so don’t be a slave to technology by aimlessly checking social media 157 times a day.

Use that time to more mindfully engage in your life.

Sit outside in fresh air and just think!

Catch up with friends!

Take your kids to the park!

And challenge yourself to do all of the above, without clicking into useless headlines about “child celebrities you’d never recognise today”.