Noah Brier asks the question.
UC San Diego – “U.S. households consumed approximately 3.6 zettabytes of information in 2008, according to the “How Much Information? 2009 Report on American Consumers,” released today by the University of California, San Diego. One zettabyte is 1,000,000,000 trillion bytes, and total bytes consumed last year were the equivalent of the information in thick paperback novels stacked seven feet high over the entire United States, including Alaska.”
TELEGRAPH-JOURNA – “Technology was supposed to make life easier, but instead people seem to be working more and producing less, as information overload – the constant flow of e-mails, BlackBerry, Twitter, Facebook, and RSS feeds among others – takes over.”
Sarah Houghton-Jan: – “What is information overload? 27 instant messages. 4 text messages. 17 phone calls. 98 work emails. 52 personal emails. 76 email listserv messages. 14 social network messages. 127 social network status updates. 825 RSS feed updates. 30 pages from a book. 5 letters. 11 pieces of junk mail. 1 periodical issue. 3 hours of radio. 1 hour of television. That, my friends, is information overload.”
Robert Ambrogi – “Information overload is crushing white-collar professionals of all ilks, but hitting lawyers particularly hard, according to a LexisNexis survey of workplace productivity published yesterday.”
Law librarians are smiling right now…
I have always thought that Information Overload doesn’t exist. Stephen Abram has his views on IO and special librarians.