Information Overload Day


in·for·ma·tion o·ver·load

exposure to or provision of too much information or data. “the main challenge for consumers is information overload”


Futurist Alvin Toffler first used this phrase in 1970 when he predicted that the rapidly increasing amounts of information being produced would eventually cause people problems.

We have come a long way from the invention of the printing press that made distribution of news more readily available to the masses of people.

Compare any recent news story to one 50 years ago. On October 28, 1965, construction of the Gateway Arch was completed. Did the major news networks broadcast live that day from the base of the Arch, celebrating the two and a half years it took to build this amazing monument? Not likely. However, if something similar happened today, you bet everyone who is anyone would be there to make that day an event in history.

Think of all the resources you use to gather and share information. The Internet would be at the top of the list, and it incorporates into other resources.

What resources do you use?

* Television, radio and social media such as Facebook, LinkedIn

* Electronic media: E-mail, Twitter, Instagram

* Unseen file sharing devices: Dropbox, iCloud, Google Drive

* Human chain of information: friends, family, teachers, bosses, cashier at a convenience store, employee at a big box store

* Our own history of how we were raised, the values we hold (and dismiss)

We even have sources to help us sort the truth from fiction, the ridiculous and absurd to the boring and mundane. What is reliable now? Whom do you believe?

According to, the human mind acts as a bottleneck to process information. Even though electronic devices are getting faster and able to hold more memory, our brains are somewhat limited.

The chances of information overload decreasing is unlikely. However, there are ways to limit and filter the amount we collect each day.

If you have a choice about the information you take in each day, decide what is nice to know versus what you need to know.

Focus on quality versus quantity of information.

Learn how to create better information. Be direct in what you ask people so they can provide short, precise answers.

Single task as often as you can. Multi-tasking can weaken how effective you will be.

Spend part of your day disconnected from these digital and electronic resources and fully concentrate on one thing at a time.

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