Information overload is also known as infobesity or infoxication.
Information overload occurs when the amount of input to a system exceeds its processing capacity. Decision makers have fairly limited cognitive processing capacity. Consequently, when information overload occurs, it is likely that a reduction in decision quality will occur.
Here are 5 facts about information overload.
1. Every two days now we create as much information as we did from the dawn of civilization up until 2003
2. 90% of all the data in the world has been generated over the last two years
3. The average American consumes 34 gigabytes/ 12 hours of information per day – outside of work.
4. The maximum number of pieces of information a human brain can handle concurrently is 7 (Miller’s Law)
5. Information (over)load is linked to greater stress, and poorer health. Overuse of social media can lead to short-term memory loss
Here is a patent for management of information based on context and relevance.
Publication number: US7627334 B2
Patent Title: Systems and methods for context relevant information management and display
Publication date: 1 Dec 2009
Priority date: 21 Jul 2003
Inventors: Mark Cohen, Jane Cohen
Original Assignee: Contextual Information, Inc.