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Are People Who Don’t Use Facebook More Productive?

August 7, 2018 | Posted By

I don’t think having or not having a Facebook (or any other social media) account has anything to do with how productive someone is. You can shut down one source of distractions, but if the fundamental aversion to your work that is driving you to distraction is still in place, you’ll find something else.

On Analog Social Media

April 1, 2018 | Posted By

Excellent article on the benefits of Social Media detox by Prof Cal Newport. Highly recommended read (and advice)!

Since January, I’ve been reading through the hundreds of reports that participants sent me about their experience with the digital declutter. I’ve been learning a lot from these case studies, but I want to focus here on one observation in particular that caught my attention: when freed from standard digital distractions, participants often overhauled their free time in massively positive ways.

IORG Social Media presence is being upgraded

February 8, 2018 | Posted By

The Information Overload Research Group’s steering committee has identified social media as a key component of the group’s activity, and has made decisions accordingly. Starting this February, IORG will maintain a much higher level of activity on all its social channels.

This includes the following channels, which you are invited and encouraged to join, follow, and so forth:

  • The IORG Web site (blog) [http://iorgforum.org].
  • The Information Overload Resource Center (IORC) [Link].
  • Twitter [@EndInfoOverload].
  • The LinkedIn Group “Information Overload Research Group” [Link].
  • The IORG Newsletter [subscribe here].
  • The IORG YouTube channel [Link].

All this is for you – and with you. We look forward to your comments, retweets, and contributions!

The Library of Babel and the information explosion

January 24, 2017 | Posted By

The world has been transformed by the internet. Google, founded just 20 years ago, is a major force in online information. The company name is a misspelt version of “googol”, the number one followed by one hundred zeros. This name echoes the vast quantities of information available through the search engines of the company.

Your iPhone could soon make it easier for you to text during movies

January 24, 2017 | Posted By

According to tweets posted by Australian leaker Sonny Dickson, Apple’s Jan. 10 iOS 10.3 beta release might include a “Theater mode” for texting during movies.

The feature reportedly dims the display and mutes audio to make it easier to text in dark, quiet theaters.

The potential introduction of the feature signals that one of the last phone-free strongholds might finally fall to our smartphone addictions.

Posting pictures of your kids on Facebook? Think twice.

January 24, 2017 | Posted By

You might think it’s cute to snap a photo of your toddler running around in a playground or having a temper tantrum, and then posting it on social media.

But did you ever think it might be a mistake, or even illegal?

The French government earlier this year warned parents to stop posting images of their children on social media networks.

Under France’s rigorous privacy laws, parents could face penalties of up to a year in prison and a fine of €45,000 ($46,456) if convicted of publicising intimate details of their children without their consent.

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.

Is Social Media Disconnecting Us From the Big Picture?

January 13, 2017 | Posted By

Maybe I shouldn’t have been surprised that Donald Trump could be elected president, but I was. I live in Brooklyn and work in Manhattan, two of the most liberal places in the country. But even online, I wasn’t seeing many signs of support for him. How did that blindness occur? Social media is my portal into the rest of the world — my periscope into the communities next to my community, into how the rest of the world thinks and feels. And it completely failed me.

Information overload, social media laziness and fake news

January 13, 2017 | Posted By

I remember when I didn’t have opinions about everything. There were many, many events that happened in the world, and I was either blissfully unaware or simply an observer without much of a reaction at all.

Digital Dementia is Killing Your Brain: Here’s the Cure

January 13, 2017 | Posted By

The rate at which we consume data is having a profoundly negative impact on the way we think, work, and live.

Between the 1980s and the 2000s, the amount of information we consumed rocketed and, unsurprisingly, has continued to increase. Compared to the fifteenth century,


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