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Overloading our health?

June 19, 2018 | Posted By


Is your reliance on email affecting your health? 

The US technology consultant Linda Stone has discovered that many of us unconsciously hold our breath, or breathe shallowly while responding to emails – a habit that can compound stress.

This can then add fuel to a host of other symptoms such as asthma, depression and obesity.

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The Black Hole of Email

March 15, 2018 | Posted By

One major issue is that everybody uses email, and email creates multiple “black holes” – isolated, locked repositories that email disappears into, never to be seen again, forever outside the reach of people who need it.

Doing email in meetings: an ancient cautionary tale

February 15, 2018 | Posted By

We can learn a lot from history… even in the field of Information Overload and Meeting Culture.

Consider this true story, quoted as is from Plutarch, about a spicy event in the senate of ancient Rome:

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Email, Digital Photography, and the Hole in our Historical Record

May 2, 2017 | Posted By

Five millennia of written record are about to grind to a halt. The fault, of course, is with our marvelous digital inventions: email, instant messaging, social media, and so on. So much better than a posted letter on paper, or papyrus, or parchment, or clay – as fast as an electric current or radio wave, cheap, reliable… but totally ephemeral. Clay tablets survive for millennia; paper can, absent major disaster, stay legible for many centuries. Email disappears, most of it as soon as you hit DELETE, but even the rest, the messages you archive in folders, will not survive for more than a decade or two.

EDITORIAL: Information overload

January 13, 2017 | Posted By

There’s no doubt about it. As Opposition Leader Jamie Fox suggests, Premier Wade MacLauchlan is trying to confuse the issue about deleted e-mail accounts relating to the e-gaming controversy

In a year-end interview, the premier suggested he might release the names of 2,500 former public servants whose email accounts were retired when they left the public service since 2007.

The premier hinted that since the Opposition kept harping about missing emails, its wish might just come true, but not quite what it expected.

Quit Social Media. Your Career May Depend on It.

January 13, 2017 | Posted By

I’m a millennial computer scientist who also writes books and runs a blog. Demographically speaking I should be a heavy social media user, but that is not the case. I’ve never had a social media account.

At the moment, this makes me an outlier, but I think many more people should follow my lead and quit these services. There are many issues with social media, from its corrosion of civic life to its cultural shallowness, but the argument I want to make here is more pragmatic: You should quit social media because it can hurt your career.

An Easy Way to Get Responses from People Who Never Answer Your Emails

January 13, 2017 | Posted By

A key part of writing an email that gets a response from your busy coworkers is formatting. Here’s the format you should use to make it easier to get the information you need in the time you need it.

Whether your colleagues are flooded by emails, busy with meetings, only answer part of your email, or are simply lazy, Kat Boogaard, writing at The Muse, gives an example of the format you should use to get a quick response.

NHS email blunder clogs up system after message sent to 840,000 employees

December 12, 2016 | Posted By

The NHS email system ground to a halt on Monday after a “test” message was mistakenly sent to more than 840,000 employees.

Hundreds of curious staff immediately began hitting “reply to all”, flooding servers with more email traffic in one morning than the system usually copes with in a month.

Really? Most Americans don’t suffer information overload

December 9, 2016 | Posted By

Wait, can this be right?

A new report from the Pew Research Center says that most Americans do not suffer from information overload — even though many of us frequently say otherwise.

Only 20 percent of the 1,520 people surveyed by Pew in April said they feel overwhelmed, compared to 27 percent who were asked the same question in 2006.

Is it time you had a digital detox? Five top tips on stepping away from the online world

December 9, 2016 | Posted By

Information overload has become part of modern day life, but it isn’t always possible to power down and zone out.

Just a few decades ago, hardly any of us had access to the technology we do today, but now on average we spend up to 12 hours a day transfixed by digital devices and technology.

75% of us are using mobile phones, and over a billion humans are just a few clicks from being friends on Facebook. At the push of a button or swipe of a screen, we communicate, share and create with nearly anyone, anytime, anywhere.

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