A lot of our stress and dissatisfaction seems to stem from two intersecting problems: a belief that we have too much information to deal with, and a belief that we don’t have enough time. My strong belief is that the root of these problems is the same: we mistakenly view time and information as having no cost. The truth is, both are incredibly expensive–and incredibly valuable.
I heard this quote from Merlin Mann this morning: “If [you] introduce even the smallest bit of scarcity into [an] otherwise completely open resource, it gets people thinking a little bit more carefully.”
Would you act differently if Facebook charged you $75 an hour to consume pointless status updates? Would you be more careful with time if you treated it like a finite resource?