information overload

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information overload

(jargon)
When a person feels unable to read all the information that is presented or available to them, particularly where they need to make decisions based on that information but can't because there is just too much to take in in the time available.

information overload

A symptom of the high-tech age, which is too much information for one person to absorb in a world of expanding digital technology. It primarily comes from the gigantic amount of content on the Internet, including search engine results, blogs and social media. Web pages bombard the senses with ads, and junk e-mail (spam) adds chaos. Combine the digital information with the traditional sources such as TV, magazines, newsletters and junk postal mail, and information overload is a fact of modern life in the developed world. See digital vacation.

The Help Manuals Make It Worse
Information overload also includes the often indecipherable documentation that must be read to operate everything from a handheld device to a software application. It boils down to this: the volume of information that crossed our brains in one week at the end of the 20th century is more than a person received in a lifetime at the beginning of it. See user interface and RTFM.
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David Shenk, author of Data Smog: Surviving the Information Glut, suggests that you become your own information filter to ensure that you don't become controlled by meaningless information.
to speak of information glut is simply an insult to intelligence.
I may be biased but I would like to suggest an additional way, one that has been available to the public for over sixty years, to cope with information glut, study and apply general semantics.
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I reviewed the beta version of Pluck last year and thought it was an elegant tool to solve the information glut the Web is creating for the everyday user," said Chris Shipley, Executive Producer, DEMO@15
Realizing that all of these versions are manifestations of the same basic document will make it much easier to find what is relevant in the future information glut.
Ray Petracel of Canada's University of Regina, commenting on the information glut at a recent meeting of the World Future Society, told the audience, "People need to learn how to assess and evaluate information, then work on applying and developing it.
In the midst of the electronic age and the increasing information glut that accompanies it, it's not knowledge that's a scarce commodity, it's the leisure of a good conversation.
Still, it does seem to me that the current information glut, by barraging us with more data and stories than we could ever hope to "understand," is creating an attention-deficit syndrome keeping us as harried as Alice's overly busy rabbit, and impeding us from thinking long and hard about anything.

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