Opinion | In the age of data overdose, what’s relevant to you?
Data becomes useful information only when you put it to productive use
Every day, and every hour, we are hit by some data point. It could be through the morning newspaper, television channels running “breaking news" throughout the day, a mobile app, a WhatsApp forward, a post in other social media, or a conversation with your friend or colleague. We are calling it data as it is not information yet; it will become information once you process it as per your requirements. Every data point is useful in some way to someone, but every individual is different and your requirements are unique to you. Hence, you have to think through which data points are relevant for you, and de-clutter your mind space. Data becomes useful information only when you put it to productive use.