Information Overload Facts
A search on Google on the term "information overload" produces 3,340,000 results. 2/11/2011
"In the last 30 years mankind has produced more information than in the previous 5,000." (Information Overload Causes Stress. (1997, March/April). Reuters Magazine. Available: Lexis Nexis Universe [4/28/98].)
"The daily New York Times now contains more information that the 17th century man or woman would have encountered in a lifetime." (Wurman, S.A. (1987) Information Anxiety. New York: Doubleday, 32.)
"It would take over 200,000 years to read all the Internet , allowing for 30 minutes per document" (Badwin, D. (2001) Information Overload. London: South Bank University.)
The Reuters report "Dying for Information" surveyed 1,300 managers around the world. Their research revealed some startling statistics:
- Two thirds of managers believed information overload has caused loss of job satisfaction
- Two thirds believed it had damaged their personal relationships
- One third believed it had damaged their health
- Nearly half believed important decisions were delayed and adversely affected as a result of having too much information
In early 2010, Basex conducted a survey asking knowledge workers to describe their workday.
Here are some of the final findings:
- 66% of knowledge workers feel they don’t have enough time to get all of their work done.
- Over 50% of knowledge workers feel that the amount of information they are presented with on daily basis is detrimental to getting their work done.
- 94% of those surveyed at some point have felt overwhelmed by information to the point of incapacity.
- 30% of knowledge workers have no time at all for thought and reflection during their day, and 58% had only between 15 and 30 minutes.
The Knowledge Worker's Day
Basex determined a typical day in the life of the knowledge worker is comprised less of traditional work and more of a frenetic pace that intermingles people and technology interruptions with attempts to create content, find things, and attend meetings.
The Knowledge Worker’s Day: