Remember GATO, the submarine game? It assumed you had a 4.77MHz 8088 processor, because that's what every IBM PC in the world had. It ran as fast as it could, and it was the right speed. Then turbo PC's came out, and the 286 AT, and then the 386. And GATO sucked on those computers—it was unplayable because it ran too fast. There was a surfeit of processor speed.
Modern games don't assume anything about the speed of the processor. They measure time by clock ticks, not processor cycles. So they run at the same speed no matter what the speed of the chip.
We need to do the same. For so long, we've consumed as much information as we could, paid attention to as many things as possible, because even at their maximum speed they didn't overwhelm us. Now they do. We need to throttle these things. To set a clock tick that's independent of the speed of the information.
I suspect the clock ticks were established a long time ago and we've just learned to ignore them. Daily rituals. Weekly rhythms. Monthly cadence. Seasonal events. Traditions. And we get a lot of these from the clock speed of the world around us: the rising and setting of the sun, the waxing and waning of the moon, the cycle of the seasons.
I think it would be at least useful and maybe imperative that we start to pay attention to these clock ticks again. Map our information intake to them. Read the paper in the morning, even if by "the paper" we mean Flipboard, and then put it away. Spend time with some friends during the day, even if they're on Facebook or Twitter, and then put it away. Take a break for lunch—without staring into a screen. Spend time with your family—without staring into a screen. Read a book at night, even if it must be on a Kindle. Wake up not to an alarm but to your own internal rhythm. Don't work on Sundays, or Saturdays if you choose. Get outside for an least an hour every day. At least! Know what the weather is without having to be told. Sense the lengthening days during Spring. Fly a kite, have a picnic. Feel the heat of Summer. Swim in a lake, take a vacation. Watch the leaves turn in Fall. Take a long hike through the forest. Take in the stark chill of WInter. Build fires in the morning. Spend time with extended family during Christmas.
Through it all, we don't have to become hermits. But we must not allow ourselves to continue being junkies.