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Information Overload

“Since the 1970s, the term “information overload” has captured society’s anxiety about the growth in the production of information having potentially bad consequences for people as they struggle to cope with seemingly constant streams of messages and images. The advent of the internet, it was thought, would only exacerbate this, with the onset of ubiquitous connectivity turning information overload into something even more debilitating.” (via Pew Research Center)

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What Information Overload?

Noah Brier asks the question.

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UC San Diego Experts Calculate How Much Information Americans Consume

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.”

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Coping with the overload

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.”

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Being Wired or Being Tired: 10 Ways to Cope with Information Overload

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.”

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