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Too Much Information

Resource Author:  Brett Ryder
Resource Date:  06/30/2011
Resource Name:  The Economist
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GOOGLE “information overload” and you are immediately overloaded with information: more than 7m hits in 0.05 seconds. Some of this information is interesting: for example, that the phrase “information overload” was popularised by Alvin Toffler in 1970. Some of it is mere noise: obscure companies promoting their services and even more obscure bloggers sounding off. The overall impression is at once overwhelming and confusing.

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Information Overload?

Resource Author:  Erin White
Resource Date:  08/30/2012
Resource Name:  Northwestern University
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“Information overload” may be an exaggerated way to describe today’s always-on media environment. Actually, very few Americans seem to feel bogged down or overwhelmed by the volume of news and information at their fingertips and on their screens, according to a new Northwestern University study.

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Social Media Users Grapple With Information Overload

Resource Author:  John Swartz
Resource Date:  02/02/2011
Resource Name:  USA Today
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Jose Huitron had just hit the digital wall. Toggling between Facebook, Google, Twitter and a handful of other online communities, he found it hard to keep up with a constant barrage of tweets, texts and instant messages.

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Making Choices in the Age of Information Overload

Resource Author:  Adam Davidson
Resource Date:  05/15/2012
Resource Name:  The New York Times
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Recently my wife and I went on an epic hunt to uncover everything possible about baby formula. We scoured more Web sites than I’d like to admit to and learned about all the options: powder, liquid, milk-based, soy, D.H.A.- and A.R.A.-fortified. (I’m still not clear on what A.R.A. is, exactly.) Then we learned that none of it actually matters. Since the Infant Formula Act of 1980, the F.D.A. makes sure that all formula is pretty much the same, no matter which one you buy.

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How Information Overload Ruins Your Brain

Resource Author:  Aimee Groth
Resource Date:  08/03/2012
Resource Name:  Business Insider
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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.

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A Class to Teach You How to Use Google

Resource Author:  Claire Cain Miller
Resource Date:  09/11/2012
Resource Name:  The New York Times
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Think you know how to use Google? Think again.

One of the search engine’s biggest strengths is its simplicity — type anything into the search box and you’re off. But people could get a lot more out of Google, the company says, if they learned a few expert techniques, like searching by color, time or image. So Google is offering a free online course to teach search skills.

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Information Overload: A Recurring Fear

Resource Author:  Matt Novak
Resource Date:  03/07/2012
Resource Name:  BBC
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A 1971 essay in The Futurist magazine opened with some alarming numbers. The average city, it said, now had six television channels. But, the author warned, there was already one city planning 42 channels and in the future, there could even be places that support 80, 100 or 200 channels. Where will it end, the essay asked.

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Two Tips to Avoid Information Overload on the Internet

Resource Author:  Louise Kidney
Resource Date:  05/31/2011
Resource Name:  The Guardian
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Information overload is affecting more and more of us, as we register for yet more websites which promise to change our working life/give us more time with our families/do our jobs for us. No one tool can ever live up to such grandiose promises, no matter which tech luminary is endorsing the next big thing, but you can definitely save yourself some running around circles with a bit of savvy attention to detail and some initial time investment.

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Friday Five: The Information Overload Age

Resource Author:  Nicole Castro
Resource Date:  05/18/2012
Resource Name:  PRSAY
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For all the benefits of the information technology and communications revolution, there exists a well-known dark side: information overload and its close associate, disruptive technologies. The amount of online content out there is simply too much to handle, and it’s constantly growing. Some people are so afraid of missing something that they feel compelled to stay connected 24/7 and sometimes we can’t tell when to shutdown. The good news is there’s plenty of entrepreneurial energy put toward developing tools that can help eradicate the problem.

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Internet suffering from information overload

Resource Author:  Andrew Kantor
Resource Date:  8/154/2007
Resource Name:  USA Today
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The Internet may be getting too big. Your first reaction to that should be to think I’m an idiot. It’s OK, I’m used to it. How can an information source be too big? How can there be too many books in the library, or too many movies, or too many music CDs?

The Internet, as we all know, removed previous barriers to publication: the money required to buy a printing press or a transmitter or what have you. And that’s good; more voices are heard. But those barriers served a purpose that is only now been seen. They kept the signal-to-noise ratio low and kept the amount of information out there manageable.

But the amount of stuff on the Internet is of a magnitude larger than any previous collection of any sort. We’re reaching the point where it’s too large to be effectively, searched, filed, indexed, briefed, organized, or numbered. But we still try.

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