We are producing more data than we can process to information. We are constantly been bombarded with notifications, alerts, pings, news, reports, etc. Social Media is one of the greatest innovation in the past decade and it has amplified our tendency to keep up with peers, family and neighbours. Information Overload is one of the unintended consequence of been constantly available and online.
Here are 30 quotes on information overload
- What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention, and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it. – Herbert A. Simon
- There are many things of which a wise man might wish to be ignorant – Ralph Waldo Emerson
- When information overload occurs, pattern recognition is how to determine truth. – Author: Marshall McLuhan
- Information overload occurs when the amount of input to a system exceeds its processing capacity. Decision makers have fairly limited cognitive processing capacity. Consequently, when information overload occurs, it is likely that a reduction in decision quality will occur. – Bertram Gross, The Managing of Organizations
- The fewer data needed, the better the information. And an overload of information, that is, anything much beyond what is truly needed, leads to information blackout. It does not enrich, but impoverishes. – Peter Drucker
- The result of information overload is usually distraction, and it dilutes your focus and takes you off your game. – Zig Ziglar
- Information overload is a symptom of our desire to not focus on what’s important. It is a choice. – Brian Solis
- We’re not in a world of information overload, we’re in a world of filter failure. –Michael Lazerow
- There is no such thing as information overload, just bad design. If something is cluttered and/or confusing, fix your design. –Edward Tufte
- When information overload occurs, pattern recognition is how to determine truth. –Marshall McLuhan
- Information overload has crippled many a dream, and there’s an easy fix: focus on what’s most important right now. – Kimanzi Constable
- My experience indicates that most managers receive much more data (if not information) than they can possibly absorb even if they spend all of their time trying to do so. Hence they already suffer from an information overload.” Russell L Ackoff, Management misinformation systems
- We have largely traded wisdom for information, depth for breadth. We want to microwave maturity. – John Ortberg Jr
- We live in a world where there is more and more information, and less and less meaning. – Jean Baudrillard
- Knowing how to make use of online tools without being overloaded with too much information is, like it or not, an essential ingredient to personal success in the twenty-first century. – Howard Rheingold
- We are buried beneath the weight of information, which is being confused with knowledge; quantity is being confused with abundance and wealth with happiness. – Tom Waits
- We all would like to know more and, at the same time, to receive less information. In fact, the problem of a worker in today’s knowledge industry is not the scarcity of information but its excess. The same holds for professionals: just think of a physician or an executive, constantly bombarded by information that is at best irrelevant. In order to learn anything we need time. And to make time we must use information filters allowing us to ignore most of the information aimed at us. We must ignore much to learn a little. – Mario Augusto Bunge , Philosophy in Crisis: The Need for Reconstruction
- In the age of technology there is constant access to vast amounts of information. The basket overflows; people get overwhelmed; the eye of the storm is not so much what goes on in the world, it is the confusion of how to think, feel, digest, and react to what goes on. – Criss Jami
- In the Information Age, the first step to sanity is FILTERING. Filter the information; extract the knowledge. Filter first for substance. Filter second for significance. These filters protect against advertising. Filter third for reliability. This filter protects against politicians. Filter fourth for completeness. This filter protects from the media. – Marc Stielger, David’s Sling
- Sometimes a pessimist is only an optimist with extra information. – Idries Shah
It’s not information overload. It’s filter failure.
- Modern day information overload stops us sufficiently engaging with our thoughts. – Sam Owen
- In this time of ‘information overload‘, people do not need more information. They want a story they can relate to. – Maarten Schafer
- In this world of numbness and information overload, the ability to feel, my boy, is a rare gift indeed. – Patrick Ness
- Information overload (on all levels) is exactly WHY you need an “ignore list”. It has never been more important to be able to say “No — Mani S. Sivasubramanian
- One Third Of Managers Are Victims Of “Information Fatigue Syndrome.” 49 Percent Said They Are Unable To Handle The Vast Amounts Of Information Received. 33 Percent Of Managers Were Suffering Ill Health As A Direct Result Of Information Overload. 62 Percent Admitted Their Business And Social Relationships Suffer. 66 Percent Reported Tension With Colleagues And Diminished Job Satisfaction. 43 Percent Think That Important Decisions Are Delayed And Their Abilities To Make Decisions Are Affected As A Result Of Having Too Much Information. – Reuters’s “Dying For Business” Report
Without the ability to discern, we stand impotent in an age of information overload.
- Traditional ways to deal with information reading, listening, writing, talking are painfully slow in comparison to “viewing the big picture.” Those who survive information overload will be those who search for information with broadband thinking but apply it with a single-minded focus. – Kathryn Alesandrini
- We really are living in an age of information overload. Google estimates that there are 300 exabytes (300 followed by 18 zeros) of human-made information in the world today. Only four years ago there were just 30 exabytes. We’ve created more information in the past few years than in all of human history before us. – Daniel Levitin
- Point of view” is that quintessentially human solution to information overload, an intuitive process of reducing things to an essential relevant and manageable minimum.. In a world of hyper abundant content, point of view will become the scarcest of resources. – Paul Saffo
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