Most of all, for me, the word "life" fits the description. Most of the information that living beings perceive is not used for subsequent work with it. If you do not take into account the fact that personality is formed precisely from all the information perceived by a person.
Information hunger it is called. Information masturbation has nothing to do with it, the point is not that you refuse to apply knowledge in favor of obtaining it, but that in conditions of weakening of the usual information flow, the brain requires letters, almost any.
In a similar state, I could read Dontsova's novels, a tear-off calendar ten years ago, and once even a stool, decoupled with decorative napkins with some kind of decorative text. Stool, Karl!
These are the days of smartphones, so information-hungry people just mindlessly read Facebook feed or say questions on theQuestion, or random articles on Wikipedia. In general, it doesn't matter what.
Yes, I mean the so-called "informational masturbation", they said about it above, but not fully disclosed. The crux of the problem is this. Information masturbation is when the process of application knowledge is replaced by the receipt of new information. For example, when you open Facebook and see some articles on your profile of activity, motivating phrases, and you accumulate all this - for example, write them down in a notebook application, or just in bookmarks. However, I noticed that during the year I only turned to this notebook a couple of times, although I collected there from a thousand pages of all kinds of "incredibly important" thoughts for me.
Recently, I often heard that this type of activity is referred to as "informational masturbation". I have not come across scientific articles with such a concept, but I have seen it often on the Internet))
I will assume that this is procrastination. Absorbing a large amount of information is very time consuming and can be used as a defensive reaction against unwanted actions.
This is curiosity. With its help, the brain receives new ideas, inspiration, and simply remains active, instead of "stagnating". Perhaps the brain simply does not have enough load and, like a hungry person, starts grabbing everything without much concern for future benefits.
Alas, I am not a psychologist or a biologist, but I can say with confidence that the need to learn and absorb new information is natural for a person, like the need for food. Nature made us like this: we are creative creatures and want to constantly learn