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For Investors, Information Overload Creates New Risks

Resource Author:  Daniel S. Gorfine
Resource Date:  09/13/2012
Resource Name:  Yahoo! Finance
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Advances in information technology and the proliferation of open networks are having a profound impact on the world, ranging from transforming communication and commercial marketing practices to enabling political change.
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Effects of Information Overload, #2: Cognitive Disability

Resource Author:  Nathan Zeldes
Resource Date:  10/24/2012
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If time loss is the most obvious way that Information Overload affects organizational effectiveness, the destruction of mental acuity is the least obvious one. It is also probably the worst, in terms of actual damage to the bottom line. What we’re talking about here is a reduction in a wide range of mental capacities, all of them highly relevant to the performance of knowledge work.

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Three Keys to Beating Information Overload

Resource Author:  Paula A. Laudicina
Resource Date:  10/16/2012
Resource Name:  The Wall Street Journal
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Imagine having—at last—the entire knowledge of human civilization at your fingertips, and finding that it basically gives you a migraine. With the relentless 24/7 information smog of always-on news, e-mail, and social media, most of us are not feeling smarter or wiser these days.

Just consider: from the beginning of time until 2003 we generated 5 billion gigabytes of data (“Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think,” by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler). By next year we will generate that much data every ten minutes. Is it any wonder our ability to think and act with the future in mind has diminished with the daily assault on our over-stimulated brains?

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Effects of Information Overload, #1: Time Loss

Resource Author:  Nathan Zeldes
Resource Date:  09/19/2012
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We know that Information Overload costs knowledge workers around one day a week, but few people understand where this figure is coming from, how it was measured, and what the underlying time-waste mechanisms are.

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The Cost of Not Paying Attention: How Interruptions Impact Knowledge Worker Productivity

Resource Author:  Jonathan Spira and Joshua Feintuch
Resource Date:  1/1/2015
Resource Name:  Basex
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Unnecessary interruptions cost U.S. businesses $588 billion per year according to research conducted Basex. Such interruptions come from many sources, including instant messaging, spam e-mail, telephone calls, and the Web.

“The Cost of Not Paying Attention: How Interruptions Impact Knowledge Worker Productivity” is the first in-depth look at a problem that results in 28 billion lost man-hours per annum in the United States. Technology promised to make workers more efficient, but it has the potential to cost companies billions unnecessarily. Basex surveyed over 1000 executives and knowledge workers to find out how interruptions impact their work and what they do to counter the impact of unnecessary interruptions. (more…)

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Is Information Overload a $650 Billion Drag on the Economy?

Resource Author:  Steve Lohr
Resource Date:  12/20/2007
Resource Name:  New York Times
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Basex, a business research firm, came out this week with a twist on the usual year-end looking-back and looking-forward lists. The firm picked a “problem of the year” for 2008, information overload.

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How to Beat Information Overload

Resource Author:  Nathan Zeldes
Resource Date:  10/1/2009
Resource Name:  IEEE Spectrum
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Information, the very thing that makes it possible to be an engineer, a doctor, a lawyer, or any other kind of modern information worker, is threatening our ability to do our work. How’s that for irony? The global economy may run on countless streams, waves, and pools of information, but unrestrained, that tidal wave of data is drowning us. It washes away our productivity and creativity, swamps our social lives, and can even shipwreck our relationships.

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