The Cost of Information Overload

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Feeling data-stressed? Got some info-tension? You're not alone - yesterday was Information Overload Awareness Day, a conference organized by Basex to discuss, what else, information overload. Some interesting facts and ideas come from the conference, namely from:

From Jonathon Spira, Chief Analyst at Basex:
+ The cost of Information Overload to the U.S. economy is $900 billion annually, as of 2008.
+ A mere 12% of the knowledge worker’s day is spent in thought or reflection.
+ We spend 15% of the day searching for things and 20% in meetings.

Nathan Zeldes, President of the Information Overload Research Group and Intel’s former Information Overload czar:
+ Information Overload is a subject everyone complains about but few actually undertake solutions.
+ The impact can’t be ignored: reduced mental capacity, no time to think about things, direct loss of productive time, breakdown of organizational processes, and a diminished quality of life.

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JamesK 08-14-2009 3:30 PM

There is so much information available today that it can become overwhelming. With email, Facebook, Twitter, and the hundreds of web sites, there's only so many hours in the day to view it all.

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