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Discusses what Information Overload is, how it impacts our daily lives, and what everyone can do to diminish this stressor.
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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.)


Information Overload


Suffer from Information Overload Syndrome (IOS)


Reuters Survey

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

Basex Survey

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:


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