Michelle's Digital Garden

The Collector's Fallacy


“Tsundoku” is the condition of acquiring reading materials but letting them pile up in one’s home without reading them.

This is also referred to as the collector’s fallacy.

We enjoy the feeling of collecting lots of information that we think may be useful at some point in the future. Quotes, information, statistics.

The act of collecting is a great feeling. Our brain is rewarded with a shot of dopamine each time we add something to our collection, whether it’s needed or not.

The problem is that the information is useless to us unless we actively process and assimilate that information into our own knowledge management systems.

To know about something isn’t the same as understanding something.

Also, over time we can pile up so much “information” that it becomes too intimidating to look through and process. So we just ignore it.

Overcoming collector’s fallacy

Related Topics: Knowledge Managment

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