>> 21 January 2009
Information is a source of learning. But unless it is organized, processed, and available to the right people in a format for decision making, it is a burden, not a benefit.
-- William Pollard
There is a huge amount of information thrown at us on a daily basis.
There are studies that show that it is stressful to have to assimilate too much information. Ads on television and in magazines, information on the internet, even the content description on a tube of toothpaste has exacerbated our body's evolutionary ability to handle it.
Watch this interesting illustration of the problem:
I invite you to visit this site on The Information Explosion which illustrates the evolution of the information explosion, tells us about the effects and how we break information into manageable chunks and shows the different roles of Media and Technology for example.
You may also want to read this very interesting article on Information Overload, its effects and how to fight it.