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6 Signs That You're A Data Junky

Published on 23 July 15
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There are so many things out there that people can get addicted to. There's coffee, alcohol, drugs, gambling, porn, bacon, sweets, data ...

Wait, what?

Yes, data. Data junkies are a thing. Believe it or not, there are people out there who simply can't get enough data. You would think with all of the vices, the tempting foods and drinks, the shady and not-so-shady pastimes out there, that no one would have to focus on information as their mania. Well, you would think wrong, then.

So, what are the signs that you or someone you know is a data junkie? Check it out, and raise awareness!
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Obsessing Over Minutiae
Is it REALLY that important to you to know that 0.45% of the visitors on your website come from Paraguay? Or will it really change your life to note that one out of every 500 people on your mailing list purchases their socks exclusively online?

It's one thing to be well-informed, but really now!
The "Regular Stuff" Doesn't Do It For You Anymore
If you're at the point where having someone's name, phone number, email address, and city/state/country is simply not enough, then you may have a problem. When you stop and realize that the depth of information you want on people is bordering on "kind of stalker-ish", then yes, you're most likely a junkie.
It Starts To Accumulate
Are you becoming the electronic equivalent of those sad, pathetic people who hoard old newspapers, magazines, books, household pets, and junk, so that their houses are full-blown health hazards? A data junkie will never get rid of any data "because you never know when it will come in handy". As far as you're concerned, there's no such thing as too much data.

Granted, storage space is cheap these days, but come on! Do you honestly want to end up the star of your own reality show, exposing your shame for the entertainment of the drooling masses? Has it truly come to this?
You Don't Actually DO Anything With It
When your collection of data gets so large, so unwieldy, that you no longer gather it for the purposes of actually putting it to use, but rather simply for the sake of gathering it, then yes, you're a junkie. After all, the whole point of having data is so that it can be analyzed and processed, and put into a form that allows you and your business to make informed decisions and map out successful strategies. Huge amounts of data need analytics in order to make it useful to you. Otherwise, it's like the person who always buys the latest kitchen gadget, but never actually uses the blasted things.
You Try Drinking From The Firehose
Picture some poor soul sitting at a desk, numerous windows open on their browser. Maybe they have multiple screens, and each of them have several windows open. You just can't get enough. You need to read every detail from every source, sometimes simultaneously. You raise multi-tasking to a new height (or take it to a new low, depending on your perspective).
You Name Your Daughter Anna Liticks
Well, hey, it could happen ...

As the article "Is there Such a Thing as TOO Much Data?" tells us, the solution is to focus on quality over quantity. You need to take a deep breath, figure out which data points are truly useful to you, and then get rid of everything else.

There you have it. And you don't even need a 12-step program to help you!
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