Overcoming Information Overload

Resource Author:  Margarita Tartakovsky
Resource Date:  01/21/2013
Resource Name:  Psych Central
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As a writer for the web, I’m well acquainted with information overload. One bit of information leads to five facts, which leads to three articles, which leads to an interesting interview you must listen to right now, which leads to 10 pages in your browser.

I’ve always loved the scavenger hunt research requires. Every clue leads to another. Every clue uncovered is a prize in itself: learning something new and interesting and getting one step closer to the carrot (such as the answer to your original question). But there’s always one more thing to look up, learn and digest.

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Is Information Overload Causing Mental Obesity?

Resource Author:  Susan Schaefer
Resource Date:  01/25/2013
Resource Name:  Buffalo Grove Patch
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Have you lost hours upon hours gobbling up endless tidbits of useless information instantaneously provided at the click of a mouse? If you have, you may be suffering from “Mental Obesity” and need a “Digital Diet,” terms coined by David Ryan Polgar, author of Wisdom in the Age of Twitter.

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The Definitive Guide to Taming the Email Monster

Resource Author:  David Grossman, The Grossman Group
Resource Date:  01/25/2011
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Workplace email. It’s out of control, causing problems for employees and employers. So why do we all put up with it? It turns out that not everyone is.

The world’s leading companies—along with businesses of all sizes and stripes—are deciding enough is enough, and taking steps to curb the overuse and abuse of work emails in their organizations. Thanks to employees who are more stressed than ever and companies looking to cut back on unproductive hours, it’s a trend that’s capturing global attention.

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Who in the World Does Research Anymore?

Resource Author:  Deepika Padam
Resource Date:  10/25/2012
Resource Name:  MetropolisMag
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What is Research? In our age of information overload, does anyone have the time to do research? Does research lead to innovation, especially in the architecture practice? What is the future of research? How can the American Institute of Architects help? To find these answers and many more, the AIA Research Summit met this past summer in St. Louis.

The delegation of 24 was split almost halfway between academicians and practitioners, with some AIA staff. It was a unique experience for me because research is not spoken in the same vocabulary or at the same level in my practice as was done at the summit. It is evident that academicians and practitioners see research with very different perspectives. Hence, the summit’s two distinct tracks of academic and applied research. The goal was to understand the similarities and dissimilarities among the two, form a connection between them, and make it easier for researchers to exchange information and learn from each other.

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Managing Information Overload

Resource Author:  Hans de Zwart
Resource Date:  02/12/2011
Resource Name:  hansdezwart
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Julie Wedgwood introduced her talk session titled “Managing Information Overload” by speaking about how much information comes our way every single day and how that could impact the way we introduce social networking into our (learning) business.

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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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Information Overload – When Information Becomes Noise

Resource Author:  Steve Nguyen
Resource Date:  05/18/2011
Resource Name:  Workplace Psychology
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In “Information Overload: Causes, Symptoms and Solutions,” an article for the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Learning Innovations Laboratory (LILA), Joseph Ruff says that we are bombarded with so much data that we’re on information overload. Simply put, information overload is when our ability to process information has passed its limit, and further attempts to process information or make accurate decisions from the surplus of information leads to information overload.

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Input Information Complexity, Perceived Time Pressure, and Information Processing in GSS-based Work Groups: An Experimental Investigation Using a Decision Schema to Alleviate Information Overload Conditions

Resource Author:  Souren Paul, Derek L. Nazareth
Resource Date:  04/01/2010
Resource Name:  Decision Support Systems
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Collaboration technology enhances the ability of work groups to acquire and share large volumes of information within a short period. The processing of voluminous information is challenging and may lead to conditions of information overload. The issue of complexity of information processing in collaboration technology supported group work, and the mechanisms to overcome the information overload conditions have not received sufficient attention in the past. In this paper, we attempt to address this gap by building a theoretical model and validating it through a laboratory experiment. (more…)

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You’ve Got Email! Does it Really Matter to Process Emails Now or Later?

Resource Author:  Ashish Gupta, Ramesh Sharda, Robert A. Greve
Resource Date:  11/01/2011
Resource Name:  Information Systems Frontiers
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Some very fascinating findings regarding the optimum frequencies at which to check email.

Email consumes as much as a quarter of knowledge workers’ time in organizations today. Almost a necessity for communication, email does interrupt a worker’s other main tasks and ultimately leads to information overload. Though issues such as spam, email filtering and archiving have received much attention from industry and academia, the critical problem of the timing of email processing has not been studied much. It is common for many knowledge workers to check and respond to their email almost continuously. (more…)

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Information overload

Resource Author:  Charles Cooper
Resource Date:  3/19/2004
Resource Name:  ZDNet
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Easily overlooked is the fact that the boom was a one-off event. The unique combination of the Year 2000 bug buildup, the Internet explosion and the telecommunications bubble is not likely to repeat during our lifetime.

The other reason for pause is the law of diminishing returns. You can buy the latest, greatest computer on the market, but people still only have a limited amount of time to learn everything in the handbook. As it is, folks can only handle a fraction of the functions getting built into hardware and software.

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