How do You Deal with Information Overload?

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The problem today isn’t that there’s not enough information. There’s too much. It’s not there aren’t ways to publish content on the Internet – there are an abundance. A lot of noise comes with that signal. So we’ve got different problems than we used to have. Information used to be handed to us from “on high”, as recently as a decade ago. Nowadays, information is just literally everywhere. It’s overwhelming at times. It’s impossible for me to keep up with the news aggregator, the email, the social networks…

Where does it end? How do you keep up with this information overload? It’s gotten to the point where I’ve had to start actually closing my system down. I love information. I’m an information junkie! I love teaching, learning, consuming, producing… I love it all. Imagine billions of people like me, though. How do we deal with all of it? I received an email recently about this very subject:

As it relates to hardware, Moore’s law does a good job of explaining the limitation of transistors in relation to the exponential growth of such systems. Is there an equivalent to Moore’s law for searching and assembling all of the information that is found online? What are we to do when the content becomes so overwhelming that we may have to design better tools just for managing and viewing information?

Are we relying too much on the machine to figure out what’s good and what’s bad? I think we are, and that’s where information overload is getting to be overwhelming. A few years ago, I was able to deal with it much easier. I think that’s because the tools just weren’t as good at putting the information together for us. It gets bigger and bigger.. and worse and worse… every day.

I believe the future of information overload is to go back to classic mode: humans and machines. The Internet is the connection between us. If I have a question about something, I’ll turn to someone I know, and who will have the correct information. What’s the answer to all of this information overload then?

I’m interested in hearing your opinions on this. Leave me a follow-up comment here, or send me an email to [email protected]

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  4. Information overload has been with us for a thousand years, but we had to saddle up and ride to the library to find it… now it surrounds us, and we have to saddle up and ride to the library to escape it!

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  8. Interesting topic!

    Perhaps it only seems like “overload” to the degree in which you are trying to “keep up.” People just growing up with the Internet now, and its vast resources, will probably be so used to there being so much information available that they won’t feel overloaded at all.

    As for how to sift through all that information to find what you need, I agree that that will be a human role for many years to come. Humans are already helping to sort out all the information with sites like Digg and Wikipedia. Even a site like this is in some ways a “Pirillo Information Filter” as it contains information you gathered and filtered yourself.

    I think with blogs and podcasts and sites like Digg and Twitter and YouTube, we may no longer even have to put any extra effort into “keeping up” … the important information will emerge from these resources to us.

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  11. Information overload is a derivative of that “human factor”. So is software… to be more concise, you mean to say that people should focus more on making a quick and valid point without too much rambling 🙂 Actually, what you’re talking about is the CHARM of Google!

  12. The easy way to deal with information overload is to have select amount of resources and subscribe to their content so that it comes to you. Things such as e-mail newsletters or RSS feeds. I subscribe to about 50 newsletter and about 80 RSS feeds. This is no where near the amount that you have. But it is alot more than the people around me. There is a time where I feel that too much information is coming to me and at my fingertips. Usually when this happens, I take a day or two and stop looking for or receiving information.

  13. I know, it was kinda like a “yeah, when pigs fly!” type of comment, except it was more like “Yeah, when Ask Jeeves replaces Google!”.

  14. Check out Saul Wutman’s “Information Anxiety,” or similar things by Mark Hurst or Nathan Shedroff.

  15. The trick for me is to decide what you care about, and then what best suits your needs for keeping up with those important things. For me, its Family… I check my myspace once a week or so as my family are spread out in places all over the south. also, there is technology. For this I have things like Chris’s blog on my google front page, as well as other things there such as email and various writing tools like my online dictionary and thesaurus I try to bundle as much of what I need in one place..

  16. no opinion; just waiting for your solution. i think someone said that Jefferson knew everything that was known at his time. those days are long gone which is why we have increasing specialization. good luck. eeb

  17. someone needs to make a all-in-one program so you can get your e-mail, rss, videos, pics, music and everything from one place in one program. Also we need a online dictionary

  18. Yes, I get 3 Lockergnome newsletters which distills the tech news out there down to the best stuff for me and I don’t even have time to read them everyday!

    BTW, Surround was great, but it had nothin’ on Yar’s Revenge!!!

  19. Also, just an observation:
    As much as I love watching your antics, Chris, lately I’ve been reading the transcripts on these pages instead of watching the video. The above article got your point across in a few paragraphs which only took a minute or so to read versus the 11 minutes it took to watch you say it – something to think about, eh?

    “…brevity is the soul of wit”
    ~William Shakespeare, Hamlet

  20. I’m not really a news junkie. I like to keep up with the latest tech toys but as far as the eveing news goes, I turn it off.

  21. This may sound drastic but every six months I erase my bookmarks. All of them. Of course I go back in and add about 50% in the first day, but I find that this process really cuts down on the amount of stuff I have to follow every day. It sorts out what I’m really using the web for and stuff that is just sort of random and I call up (like blogs that are updated once a month at best).

  22. I am surprised that you didn’t touch on the fact that even other humans may be corrupted in their information GIVING because of the overload they took in while TAKING in information. I do see this being a problem. One other thing is that search engines, being keyword based, cannot recognize an exact question that a human with information could answer in seconds. A question like “What are the strange twirly wires in a light bulb called?”where you’d be lucky to find a light bulb parts guide, but more importantly that an electrician could’ve simply told you “A filament” in the “0.62 seconds” it took for Google to find those 65,000,000 pages of crap you don’t care about.

  23. This is true. I personally don’t suffer from it but there is a lot of Information on the Web. Its great that you (Chris) have the ability to ask us (your Community) a question and we immediately have answers and opinions for you. That is very convenient for you and were able to help you as well.

  24. Good post and video. My solution to info overload (which I’m still working on) lines up with yours – rely on people to filter through the noise. I have been relying on the aggregator FriendFeed with a circle of tech bloggers that read a lot of feeds. I have largely abandoned my feed reader, and have been using these people as my filter. Works really great, as I found this post through that very system.

    Meanwhile I should try your suggestion to just shut it off – I think I’ll set up my Mac to shut down at a particular time every evening.

  25. It is overwhelming
    All my forums, emails and peoples blogs theres so much to check but like no time for all of it
    theres SOO much
    But now it seemms like they are integrating it in to all one thing like RSS or apps on facebook and such
    And relying on the machine has never been easier, gets easier every day

  26. I agree. It is very easy these days to have Information Overload. At the same time, I think that it is wonderful that there is so much information available, but it is obviously up to the viewer to determine how much to take in and how much of it to believe.

    Personally, I like to sit back and listen to some music to clear my mind.

  27. I think too much infomation can be very overwhelming for one person. I found that a lot of people google every aspect of their life to find answers to their many questions. This is a useful information resource, but should be taken with caution as to the validity of its answers. I have learned a lot about computers and techie things from the internet, and I have enjoyed very minute of it.

  28. Sometime in the future it will be solved to a degree with A.I. moving forward. I remember what it was like to hop on the web and get done what I needed to pretty quickly, now there is so much content it’s mind boggling, Chris Pirillo blog and youtube 😛 Twitter, Pownce, Digg,
    Revision 3, Yahoo Buzz, ZDnet, Slashdot and so on. Google is moving in the right direction with it’s free online web services which makes things much easier to stay organized.

  29. i deal with information overload by turning off all of my computers and tvs and i go out with my friends. if i have a question i go my brother or sister then i will go to a book and if i need to i will go to the internet.

  30. I agree 100 percent that there is too much content on the web. But I disagree with the sender of the email because i think we decide weather something is good or bad. Most of the content on the web is made by humans or put on by humans. The machines are just a way to view that info.

  31. Yeah theres a lot of information out on the internet. Its hard to absorb all that information and try to keep up to date with all that. Even on the computer side I am a computer junkie, but I still don’t keep up with everything like what is the latest HP Printer, or what is the latest MP that a webcam can get up to. The stuff I learn and I keep up to date is the stuff I need to know about. If I need to know about how to fix something for instance, I will try to figure it out, if I can’t I ask people I know, if none of them know then I venture to the internet. I am not saying that the internet isn’t a good place to look for information, but you never know on the internet if that information is always right. So thats why the internet tends to be as a last resource thing for me. Thats just my input on it. Thanks for the video Chris Pirillo.

  32. I feel the exact same way with Twitter and every thing i feel like im just getting too much info and i just need to take a step back.

  33. The problem with the abundance of information is also that you don’t exactly know how credible each source is. You may know the name, like Wikipedia for example, but the information on it isn’t always correct (however most of the time it is thanks to the Wiki-People). And because there is the large amount of information, coupled with many sources saying the same and different things about one topic, its hard to tell which way to go.

    If you just go by the biggest names, a lot of the time that will work, as more people view it and the better chance there is somebody would report a flaw. But when a big name isn’t available, I like to use a place I have at least heard of before.

    However, the abundance of information is quite helpful too! Now you don’t have to go to a library to look something up – just hop on a computer and search it.

    Something that would be very useful is a filtering system that shows the most credible sources first, then down from there. Because with an abundance of information, it is very likely there is a large amount of false statements about each and every topic imaginable.

  34. yeah i agree with about basically everything you said. sometimes its just to much.
    our parents generation and maybe further back in the past, people where so naive.
    its crazy what kids know nowadays. wow. sometimes i wish i lived on a nice secluded farm. just feed the cows maybe play some xbox live, haha.

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  36. Señor Twitter,

    You bring-up an interesting point. When I first saw the title of this blog I just thought to myself, “Well, I’m sure that the Google search engine will take care of our information problem”.

    Now I’m not quite so sure.

    Often times when I’m looking for answers, I will head over to Yahoo Answers and ask a question to the community there (much like you do with your community here and on Twitter).

    Sometimes this is effective for me — and sometimes it is not.

    One of my biggest concerns with this method is that the opinion of the majority is so often WRONG.

    I mean, the majority of people once thought the world was flat…. the majority of people once thought the sun revolved around the earth….etc, etc, etc.

    Actually, the quote that I most live by comes from Mark Twain, who once said:

    “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect”.

    In today’s world, the opinion of the majority doesn’t seem to be much wiser. The majority of people get divorced…. the majority of people have unhappy relationships in their lives…. the majority of people are unable to see the consequences of their own actions…. etc, etc, etc.

    So, that is my only concern with throwing out a question to a large group of people. Sure, the majority may give us an answer, but even then it’s still up to us to do the research to see whether or not the majority spoke the truth to us.

    This blog comment, however, is certainly the truth.

    -James Gia

  37. Chris its a great solutions.
    Well what about people who are just starting to build a community ?
    People having few page views, few contacts, few twitter , few youtube followers, how do we throw out questions to your own community and expect an answer.
    Is fame a factor ?

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  39. I just view the information I want to see, I never try to view it all. Thus the internet always has the amount of information I want. Not anymore or any less.

  40. What information overload? Technology only makes us do a lot more things than we used to. The problem is lack of focus. People do things simultaneously like reading facebook while writing a thesis while watching Chris on Youtube. If it were the old days, we can only do one thing at a time at a pace much slower than in our “overloaded” phase. We would have gone through tons of material in the library just to look for one article relevant to our thesis and would have look through tapes of VHS just to be entertained with videos. Now, we can do all that simultaneously in seconds.

  41. Chris, I am angry. You obviously do not look to related links at the bottom of wikipedia. Links to scientific journals. Google scholar is another good one 😀

  42. Chris,

    If I am searching the internet today for some information I usually use google. If I get too much information I will use a service such as Yahoo! But that is just one example of information overload.

    All of my friends have cell phones (so do I). We all have computers, IM, blogs, Facebooks, etc. With technology we can know someone in Japan better than our next door neighbor. Its crazy. That is the reality of the internet.

    But back to the main point. Think about all the ways in which someone can contact you. Facebook, Myspace, call you either on your phone or cell, email, or your blog. Those are just a few examples today.

    I have noticed myself being more and more addicted to information. I am constantly checking my email, cell phone, Facebook, etc. What I have done that helps me is very simple. Turn off the phone, shutdown my laptop, and do alternative things such as build something, mow the lawn, or even do homework!

  43. Also, someone can contact you anytime, any day, anywhere. Have you ever been talking to someone and their cell phone rings and they say, “Hang on I have to take this call”? What that person just said to you (whether they like it or not) is “This conversation is over, and this call has a higher priority than you.” That is the harsh reality though.

    I am a teenager, and I am not anti-communication at all. I have email, a website, facebook, IM, a cell phone, etc. I also have a small lawn service business though, and I am forced to interact with adults/people in general on a daily basis or else I will not make any money.

    For many of my friends social interaction has become something that they dread. Many of the kids I know have a difficult time holding a conversation with someone. It is very sad to say, but it is reality. I don’t know what some of these people will do when they have to get a job and are forced to interact with a customer. You know what happens when you cannot interact with a customer or employer? You get fired. End of story. They are going to have to learn fast, you cannot text message a customer…….

  44. There is another problem with information overload. The problem of weeding out the wrong information or false info from the true.

    With so many sources for news and opinions, I have always been confused as to who is giving me the correct perspective. Our prejudice against media conglomerates hasn’t helped us either. There is so much confusion that I always end up taking the “wait and watch” approach, for most parts, turning apathetic to the situations.

    Sometimes I wonder, if this is a conspiracy in itself, bombarding people with so much information that would be helpless to believe in the real news/info.

  45. Not everybody has so many people listening if you have a question. However, I get your point. Actually the services like Yahoo! Answers (http://answers.yahoo.com/) and LinkedIn Answers (http://www.linkedin.com/answers) or the discontinued Google Answers is going into this direction. Well, at least for people who do not have 10,000 followers in Twitter 🙂

    If everybody would spent time answering question in return for questions he asked, the thing should work out fine and be sustainable. Already today are you getting pretty decent answers in many cases, if you use the existing services.

  46. I feel you on the information but honestly, I’m not like other people where they have 6 emails for no reason. When I find important information, usually I go to notepad or word 2007 and save important information or things that I see that are interesting and save it so that I have a knowledge for it. I use only one email and forward everything I sign up to that current email. It’s tough to keep up with information especially with the internet, usually in my college every information we get goes directly to our emails and if you miss a day or two checking your mail, most likely got some catching up to do.

  47. Very good point, at first I love information handlers and applications, but after reading your blog post, I must say I agree completely. There is way too much information out there and it was much easier when the tools were not available. A simpler approach to handling information was how it used to be, and you are absolutely correct, it does get worse and worse each day.

    Great blog post Chris!

  48. I get info overlode all the time there is so much stuff out there and not enough hours in the day to view it all the net is so wide I don’t even chris has explored the whole of the world wide web!

  49. google…thats the answer to all questions 😛

    Having all the info you really need at your fingertips is not really a bad thing. But there are way to many places to get said information. And every day there is more put on the web.

  50. Information overload? That’s a topic I have discussed with my family on a number of occasions. I definitely think that the more information you have the better, but the trick is weeding out the correct from the incorrect. There’s so much good info out there on the web, there’s also so much b.s. and trash. People have all sorts of things they wish to learn about that a wealth of information is almost necessity… I wish to inquire about modding computers, automotive, games, etc. whereas my father wishes to inquire about J-Lo’s rear end. So how do you manage all that info that people want? I guess it’s up to the individual to decide whether they want to adopt what they read or see as truth or fiction. I feel it’s sort of a catch 22… the more people there are using computers the more content will be input, but less input means less users… less users means less advancements in the technology. What do we do here? I feel the more we as a people become reliant on technology as our means of interaction with one another, the more we become desensitized to one another… that’s just a theory, but I believe that theory holds water on a number of levels. I could go all day on this topic, but I’ll just leave it at this… us humans created content, not the other way around.

  51. nice topic. it’s true. there’s too much information out there. mostly unwanted information. if i want to know something, i just go to direct and trusted websites such as yahoo answers and wikipedia. i don’t normally search google as the results are somehow biased and most of them are trashy websites that i can’t even understand what they are talking about..

  52. “Seek and you shall find” is the blessing and curse of the internet. The internet has so much information that you can likely find support for any argument no matter how biased or false. That not to say that there is no truth online but unless you have intellectual rigor and really want to find out what is true you can easily “prove” any thesis. That is one reason that many people criticizes information gleaned from the web.

    On a more practical level how does one determine if the information on the web is in fact true. I would start by determining what are the sources that the website is using. If no references are cited or research methodology explained on the site it doesn’t speak well of the validity of the claims being made. Check for confirmation of the information with other site which do no have an affiliation. At some point as Chris mention you will have to talk to a person with an authoritative knowledge on the subject.

    An example is the 9/11 conspiracy theorist who claim that the fires in the towers were not hot enough to melt steel. That is true and if the research stops there the conclusion may be reached that there must have been explosives planted. But if more research was done they would find out that steel is severely weakened at high temperatures. This doesn’t disprove their hypothesis but rather illustrates that without rigor one can stop looking when one finds the answers that satisfies their expectation of what the truth is.

  53. Talk about timing! I was just wondering on this topic recently. 3 days of vacation and its hundreds of unread emails, posts via feeds, blogs and facebook notifications for me. Its the interweb at its best.

    I agree that we should instead prioritise. I usually go through my list of subscribed feeds in my reader to weed out feeds i no longer am interested to read once a while.

    When the incoming information really does get overloaded, I’d just save the day with the help of the Mark all as read button. It helps to live under a rock once a while..for the sake of my sanity. 😉

  54. i can deal some amount of info but to much makes u go nuts and makes u mad at everyone but just take one step at a time and get threw it all like forums/blogs/e-mail/ims ect…

  55. Im just starting to deal with information over load im sure not like you lol. Just keeping up rss feeds is hard let a lone emails youtube video’s and forums. The amount of information on the Internet still baffles me from time to time, Any thing you wanna know is at your finger tips. Some times information can be hard to fin n we all know ad that sucks spend hours searching for something. Thats whats great bout sites like yahoo answer’s way more effective than sites like google at times any ways. Google is always my first choice.

  56. whats with all the youtube robot spam? well i really think information can be spread out everywhere. My favorite thing to do which is pretty unnecessary is to save all the online articles that i find interesting, even though sites like nytimes.com you can still find all the articles in the paper from 1996 on the web. But just in case something happens and the internet is taken away from us, say united states gets controlled by google or something and they turn us into a communist country, haha, really it’s for no reason but just back up things anyway.

  57. I think information overload (IOL) has a lot to do with what type of person you are. Personally, I am quite good at scanning large amounts of information quite quickly and getting the details I need. However, I know for other people who are much more meticulous and like reading every single detail, IOL is very real and effects their concentration and their productivity.

  58. When I have a lot of information come to me at once the only way that I can really deal with it all, is right it all down. I have to write down the time, the date, and sometimes even the due date. My PDA currently is in charge of organizing all my data. Especially since I am still in school. I have a lot of assignments and due dates for things. So I have a lot of data to organize. Plus I am the President of our Skills USA Chapter. I have a lot of meetings to go to for that.

  59. I look forward to wireless, direct to brain interfaces sure to come in the future. I would be the first in line for the dawn of cyborg technology, happily volunteering my brain, as I can’t get enough of ‘information’. I am addicted to information, even if it is something I have no functional purpose to know.

    I, for one, welcome our inevitable hybrid overlords.

  60. Chris said he thinks “humans will help us clear out the noise alot quicker than software ever will”. I say never say never (or ever in this case). “Ever” is a long time, and it’s only a matter of time before we have outrageously robust advanced artificial intelligence algorithms emulating cognitive processes of humans – at least to some degree. Maybe the software won’t be able to discern wit, creativity, or irony anytime soon, but I still wouldn’t say that it won’t “ever” happen. Sure, for the time being we’ve got a long, long way before we are at that level of AI, so humans will have to do.

    Nevertheless, I think having an ocean of never ending information is great! I haven’t been “bored” with nothing to do since I was a child because there’s ALWAYS something to do on the internet. When I was a kid, we didn’t have the internet, and I didn’t have a computer, and I had to walk to school in the snow uphill BOTH ways, BAREFOOT!!….etc. But I remember the days of two options as a kid – go outside, which there is nothing wrong with, or watch TV and be indoctrinated with one-way transmission of usually mediocre crap punctuated by commercials. Now, I get on the internet, and set sail, not having any particular destination, but always learning something. I’ll take too much information over not enough GLADLY. The days before the internet were the Dark Ages of information as far as I’m concerned. There’s NO going back to those BORING days. Now, I can cross-reference, and jump from one link to the next in an instant, have several windows open of different content that I can instantly jump to when I want a break from one. Input!! Need more input!!

  61. The information available online and all the gadgets everyone uses to access “the cloud” are becoming the main subject of our life and that’s what causes the issues we’re having when confronted with the amount of resources and data on the Internet.
    Instead this information has to be perceived as a tool that makes our work easier and empowers/enables us – Internet is here to serve us, not the other way around.
    I guess wasting time online it just another part of the same old story 😛

  62. Information overload?! I’ll tell you who has information overload, KAT! She has to read every single one of these comments, and even say yes or no to them. I was talking to her today when she told me that she has mod’ed over 1100 comments since May 1 when the Dragon giveaway started. Crazy as it sounds, it will be getting more crazy closer to time. I wish Kat the best in her modding… and as always.. be nice to Kat. She will, though she doesn’t want to, she WILL kick your tope. (spanish for Butt)

  63. I see Information Overload on almost a comforting level. This information isn’t just populating itself. People are going out, working hard, and saying and doing what they think – and spreading that around. I find it nice that there are so many people who really are geuninly passioant about there lifes, so much so that they want to share it with the rest of the world. You could float around the internet and never read or watch the same person twice, but you’d never lose that sense of pashion for life. But people know when they go out, set up a Blog, Channel, Stream, feed what have you, that they are jumping into this unimaginable pool of information and activity – but they still stand true to what they are about. And I don’t think that is going to go away. In my opinion, true human compassion is too strong.

  64. Info overload is indeed a problem. The internet is massive and there is tons and tons of data that we have to process to get what we want out of it. I think as time goes on we will evolve and will be able to tolerate this large flow of information better and more efficiently.

  65. I don’t think that I suffer from that. In fact, if I had one wish, it would be to know everything, because there’s so many things that I want to know more about and that no one knows. Back to the subject, I think that I’m one of those people like you who provide information overloads.

  66. If you think about it, it all makes sense. The computers of yesterday, not nearly as far back as E2s, could never handle the content that the internet currently produces. Heck, my eight year old Dell has problems…but sometimes I wonder if thats because it’s eight years old or because it’s a Dell. I deal with information overload by trying very hard to avoid overload. For example, I rarely will run live.pirillo.com, facebook.com, myspace.com, and youtube.com all at the same time because I know it will cause not only Firefox to crash, but maybe even freeze up XP. I know that one day, when I upgrade to a new machine, I won’t have to worry about information overload because my PC will be able to effectively handle it all, but until then I just surf wisely.

  67. Although I am experiencing an extreme availability of information, it doesn’t really affect me. Some of that available information of accurate some of it isn’t. I use reputable sources for my information, so the overload doesn’t bother me. I really think that this information overload is the result of the internet and the principles on which it is built: Anyone can contribute, anyone can access, anyone can create.

    This overload may go away if (God forbid) ISPs get their way and we lose net neutrality, but I’m really happy with the way things are right now. As for emails, texts etc limit who you talk to. Feeds? Find a couple good sites to follow. If anything is really breaking news, you’ll hear about it anyway. I dunno how well those suggestions would work, they’re certainly not easy fixes, but short of inventing a new way to organize information that’s all I got.

  68. I feel like I’m one of the Rare Few, that actually don’t use the computer 24/7, I do research on my own time, but only on what I want to look up, I’m OCD, so I have the tendency to organize everything a specific way. Emails, Networking, researching, and anything else I need, I don’t find it overwhelming, cause of the fact that I don’t over do anything in the process.

  69. Interesting topic!

    Perhaps it only seems like “overload” to the degree in which you are trying to “keep up.” People just growing up with the Internet now, and its vast resources, will probably be so used to there being so much information available that they won’t feel overloaded at all.

    As for how to sift through all that information to find what you need, I agree that that will be a human role for many years to come. Humans are already helping to sort out all the information with sites like Digg and Wikipedia. Even a site like this is in some ways a “Pirillo Information Filter” as it contains information you gathered and filtered yourself.

    I think with blogs and podcasts and sites like Digg and Twitter and YouTube, we may no longer even have to put any extra effort into “keeping up” … the important information will emerge from these resources to us.

  70. We are just depending on computers so much for everything we do. When we want to know something, what do we do? We get on the internet. We use Google. We’ve gone from snail mail to e-mail. Encyclopedias, to WIkipedia. The Web has been good, but this also shows its bad side.

  71. at the moment I have a full-time job, full-time school,a internship, and a tiny social life or try to keep with the family. Unfortunately this means that I need to shut down keeping p to speed with a few different interests. on a lot of things I deal with information in small chunks. For example keeping up to speed with certain news sites literally means reading titles and if interesting enough possibly a paragraph of the body.

  72. Yes today we rely on the technology too much, children today is basically are growing into technology , you can debate the issue if it is good or bad to rely on technology too much, i wounder if there will be a point in the future that we can say technology is flawless, i don’t think so, look at cars and computers for example they tend to break down, computers gets viruses, it will never be flawless and completely 100% safe.
    It was better back in the days, the works weren’t that demanding as today, it may have been heavier and more difficult but things were made to last for ever, today companies have many orders and requests, the work today it is much more stressful, what can a human endure more, physical pain or psychological pain, physical pain can be healed but psychological pain can leave deep scars where you can’t reach, people have to build faster and more, it’s very stressful and we don’t have so much time, we have deadlines, we don’t have the time to make it good as it once were,, maybe is it a issue of making more money, if a things brakes down then the people are forced to replace it and companies make more money by selling more.
    What if there is a power failure then there won’t be any radio or tv or computers, phone, would people freak out and break down or go insane if a thing we couldn’t use things that we are used to using everyday , but what if, during the winter and the heat is gone, many people will not survive cause we depend on modern day technology to much so that we have forgotten how to survive without it.
    Would it be better if the technology didn’t evolve, we would have more survival instinct, but without evolution and knowledge , we may not have medicine and we wouldn’t live very long, people may have suffered by all kind of illnesses.
    is technology is gift or a curse?

  73. Information overload really depends on the type of information you consumme. As you said wikipedia and otehrs have teh solution or answer but having to do things to solve. It trul;ey depends on teh user and wether teh information is of intrest

  74. I watch and read what interests me. I don’t allow myself to get caught up in lots of useless junk that is out there on the internet. For instance, today I spent about 30 minutes learning about Intel core 2 duo and Intel quad 2 core beacuse I’m looking to by myself a new processor for my computer build.

  75. Just wanted to add this to what I’ve previously said on the subject: it’s best to have tons of information as long as everyone’s free to access it the way they want and need, when, where at with whom they enjoy doing so.

    So to me freedom of all the bunches of data the Internet has to offer is more important than their quantity

  76. Information overload really depends on what you subject yourself to. If you know what you’re looking for, get what you need, and proceed with your next task, there shouldn’t be too much of a risk of “Information overload”.

  77. Sometimes I ask myself, why did I just read this, yea when I was not looking for that info.
    Overwhelming is the perfect word for that. I sometimes want to just click type read done.
    Not possible for me…
    Too much Info I wanna read, not enough time.
    -Ruben

  78. That’s a very interesting point indeed,how ever in my perspective i think it’s not possible for computers to take over human actions because robots will have(at least i think so)patterns certain rules and patterns that they will follow even if they are artificially intelligent,as for humans they change their moods,their likings,their way of thinking,etc.So in my point of view humans don’t have patterns it just changes all the time,so i think we have to find a solution to work around with the inf

  79. i handle the extreme amount of information that is out there by severely limiting the sites i go to to read about things. My favorite way to handle is with email newsletters, because they keep me informed without having to visit 20 sites to get the same thing. I think the best way to limit would be to just check the things you care about, but due to your exposure, that might bea little harder to do.

  80. I always find myself getting information overload when I’m looking for it. I always take 20 minute sessions of studying then take 10 minute breaks in-between them. It works every time and I never get overloaded!

  81. Sometimes I just have to walk away from it all. Go take a walk, grab some fresh air…of course leaving my cell phone at my desk as well (damn you Blackberry!).

    I think it’s a real skill to separate what you need from what you don’t. With time you’ll get pretty good at recognizing irrelevant emails, text messages, etc. Or at least you’ll get pretty good at putting off those things that can wait and jumping on those things that need immediate attention.

    One of my problems is that when I’m on vacation, I can’t seem to remove myself from checking email and taking care of things. Even if I’m not in the office…I just know I’ll have a huge pile of work to do when I get back from vacation if I don’t. Same thing on weekends…

    So, my 5-10 minute ‘sanity breaks’ I take periodically just have to get me through.

  82. I do not get frustrated because there is too much information. I get frustrated because the information is not organized.

    Of course, with Google and other powerful search engines, anyone could find literally anything on the internet. And when you get 100,000 hits from one inquiry, it can be pretty overwhelming. This whole internet phenomenon is changing human civilization and society as we know it.

    But it is not the amount of information that bother me. It is the non-organization and duplication of the information that bothers me.

  83. I think the only way to deal with information overload is by limiting yourself to information, which sucks. That’s the only way you won’t become overwhelmed.

  84. I understand what you mean about information overload. There are a lot of news that are published through many mediums, and many websites to view and learn useful information from. You must make your own decisions as to what is important to you and learn more of that information. This can be hard!

  85. A few tips how to handle it
    -use notepad note all information while reading
    -print long texts and underline important information (I hate to read from the screen)
    -try to find information in mind maps if not make your own one from the text

  86. Information overload eh? Now days everyone faces it for sure but i think it’s very hard to deal with it but for humans to deal with it biologically is even harder i think, because humans need to rest their brain to for oxygen refill. But as humans are already quite advanced in technology i think our window lies in nano technology i know it might sound little odd but i read somewhere that it’s possible in the future to integrate an device to some certain part in your brain to make the processing and dealing with information easier as it doesn’t’ allow brain to get all confused.

  87. I avoid sites that my provide me with irrelevant content. Stick with the sites that know your interests… Digg is perfect for this because you can choose what you see.

  88. First of all I select al information.Indeeed this is very hard to do because of this day by day exponentially growing of internet resources.Than storing information it is an issue.Thankfully the price for a gigabyte on hard drives is day by day lower

  89. With friendfeed,twitter,school,work,TV, I get overloaded all the time, when it comes down to it? The best way I find is to simply disconnect and go sit out side for a while

  90. I have some kind of internal filter that helps me screen the junk from the jewels. I tend to gloss over news sites and process them then choose which stories to read more in-depth.

  91. I totally agree and feel the same way.
    I could spend all day on my computer checking news, email, social networking, chatting, blogging, watching videos on youtube, etc etc.
    So what I do is give things importance, so start with what’s most important, and if there is time I keep on going.

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