Information overload is real

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

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2. 90% of all the data in the world has been generated over the last two years

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3. The average American consumes 34 gigabytes/ 12 hours of information per day – outside of work.

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4. The maximum number of pieces of information a human brain can handle concurrently is 7 (Miller’s Law)

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5. Information (over)load is linked to greater stress, and poorer health. Overuse of social media can lead to short-term memory loss

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Here is a patent for management of information based on context and relevance.

Patent Information
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.

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