If you have kids — or if you’ve ever been around kids — you’ve heard the sound before.
It’s a noise that’s somewhere between the cry of a lost wolf cub and the wail of a nearby car alarm. It’s one of the most annoying sounds you’ll ever hear.
It’s the ear-piercing cry of a child who has been over-stimulated.
The angelic child becomes a hot mess of whiny, clingy neediness.
If you’re the adult in charge and you manage to keep a cool head, you say something like, “Calm down. I don’t understand what you need. Use your words.”
And sometimes it works. It stops children long enough to engage their brains rather than just their emotions, and they are able to communicate what they need.
As consumers of information online, we’re a little like that over-stimulated child.