“Celebrate” Information Overload Awareness Day: August 12
The Information Age has brought with it many advances which have become part of everyday life, including the Web and mobile phones, not to mention e-mail, text and instant messaging, and social networks. While there are many benefits to having these tools and modes of communication, they also bring with them a costly side effect: the problem of information overload.
Have you ever wondered what information-related issue creates the most anxiety amongst middle managers? The fact that information overload would be near the top of the list might surprise you. In advance of 2008, Basex, a knowledge economy research and advisory firm, named information overload as the expected ‘problem-of-the-year’. They estimated that over the course of 2008, an estimated $650bn would be lost in the United States due to reduced productivity and throttled innovation. Additionally, their research concluded that as much as eight hours of worker productivity per week would be lost because of this phenomenon.
Ever feel like you need a break from work just to get your work done? You’re not alone. Information workers, who comprise about 63% of the U.S. work force, are each bombarded with 1.6 gigabytes of information on average every day through emails, reports, blogs, text messages, calls and more, according to preliminary data from a report coming later this year, an update of the 2003 “How Much Information?” report.
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50% of all searches fail in a manner that the person doing the search recognizes as a failure. A far more significant problem is that 50% of the searches believed to have succeeded failed, but the person doing the search simply doesn’t realize it. As a result, that person uses information that is at best out of date but more often incorrect or just not the right data. When the “bad” information is then used in a document or communication, there is a cascading effect that further propagates the incorrect information.
It took radio 38 years to reach 50 million people and television only 13 years.
It took the Internet a mere four years to reach that number. Just last month there were 10 billion Web searches performed and most people didn’t find what they were looking for. Here’s to less information!