The invention of the Printing Press a few hundred years ago made it possible to distribute written information to large amounts of people. However, it is only with the advent of modern computers that the ability to create, duplicate and access vast amounts of information has created Information Overload amongst the general population.
The root of the problem is that, although computer processing and memory is increasing all the time, the humans that must use the information are not getting any faster.
Schedule breaks. Take a break away from the computer. This gives your brain a breather, and helps you regain perspective, she said. Plus, the quiet time can help you zero in on making a good decision.Set limits. Because the Internet is available 24/7, you can consume information for hours. Limit how long you scan for information. Filter your sources, focusing only on the high-quality ones, she said
No wonder we find ourselves more tense, more anxious, more exhausted.
- increased anxiety
- increased stress
- increased self-doubt in decision making (Do I have the right information? Do I have enough information? Have I backed up my information?)
- voice mail
- face book
- Instant Messages
- etc. etc. etc.
- social networking fatigue n. Mental exhaustion and stress caused by creating and maintaining an excessive number of accounts on social networking sites
- e-mail fatigue (EE.mayl fuh.teeg) n. Mental exhaustion caused by receiving a large number of email messages each day.