On Analog Social Media

Resource Author:  Prof. Cal Newport
Resource Date:  03/28/2018
Resource Name:  Study Hacks blog
URL:   Link to Source Article or Site

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.

Learn More

How Information Overload Ruins Your Brain

Resource Author:  Aimee Groth
Resource Date:  08/03/2012
Resource Name:  Business Insider
URL:   Link to Source Article or Site

Hedge fund manager James Altucher recently wrote about how multitasking can kill you. Neuroscience shows that our brains simply weren’t created for it. Yet many people continue to live hyper-connected lives, essentially creating 24/7 workweeks — no matter how unhealthy it is.

Learn More

How Much Information is There in the World?

Resource Author:  Suzanne Wu
Resource Date:  02/10/2011
Resource Name:  USC News
URL:   Link to Source Article or Site

Think you’re overloaded with information? Not even close.

A study appearing Feb. 10 in Science Express, an electronic journal that provides select Science articles ahead of print, calculates the world’s total technological capacity — how much information humankind is able to store, communicate and compute.

Learn More

Information Overload: can we handle it?

Resource Author:  n/a
Resource Date:  11/7/2008
Resource Name:  Digital Natives Blog
URL:   Link to Source Article or Site

Although computer ubiquity is generally perceived in a positive light giving students continual access to the global community, there are some disadvantages that our Digital Native generation experiences. If DNs are continually surrounded by gadgets and computers how are they going to learn the importance of reflecting on issues? How will they learn to look for information anywhere beyond regular search engines like Google? (ie: libraries, interviewing others, etc.)

Learn More

Getting Organized in the Google Era

Resource Author:  Douglas Merrill and James A. Martin
Resource Date:  3/16/2010
Resource Name:  amazon
URL:   Link to Source Article or Site

Whether it’s a faulty memory, a tendency to multitask, or difficulty managing our time, every one of us has limitations conspiring to keep us from being organized. But, as organizational guru and former Google CIO Douglas C. Merrill points out, it isn’t our fault.

Learn More

Information overload: Is it time for a data diet?

Resource Date:  8/26/2008
Resource Name:  Computerworld
URL:   Link to Source Article or Site

CIO Jeff Saper drives a hybrid car, favors service providers that use alternative energy and has launched many green IT initiatives at his strategic communications firm, Robinson Lerer & Montgomery LLC in New York. But he’s also concerned about a type of pollution that even Al Gore has yet to tackle: digital pollution.

The recent growth of information sources such as blogs, social networks, news aggregators, microblogs like Twitter, instant messaging and e-mail has been exponential. And with broadband penetration among active Internet users expected to break 90% this year, according to Internet marketing firm Website Optimization LLC, there aren’t many people today who haven’t experienced some form of information overload.

Learn More

A Better Pencil: Readers, Writers, and the Digital Revolution

Resource Author:  Dennis Baron
Resource Date:  8/1/2009
Resource Name:  Oxford University Press
URL:   Link to Source Article or Site

A fresh look at the digital revolution in light of the full history of human writing technologies – Packed with illustrations

Learn More