Wednesday, March 15, 2017

This will add to your information overload

See what I did there?

Did you know that if you google "information overload" you'll get 3,790,000 results in 0.85 seconds?

Here are some synonyms for "information overload:" infobesity, infoxication, information glut, data smog.

So that's helpful.

Here it is in other languages:
Informationsüberflutung
Przeciazenie informacja
Informaatioähky
היצף מידע
So that's some information.

If you want to learn how to cope with it, I'm here to help. Just google "coping with information overload." You'll get 6,910,000 results in 0.82 seconds.

Here are a few. Click on each one and read the entire article.

7 Time-Proven Strategies for Dealing With Information Overload
Time proven? I thought time was the problem.
10 Steps To Conquering Information Overload
10? Think we could cut that in half to, you know, save time? Oh wait ...
Whew! Just in time.
One of the problems is that we are now in a 24-hour news cycle, and each time news happens a lot more happens around it. As an example, let's take the top headline on The Drudge Report as I write:


You don't know what that means, do you? I had to look it up. So right there your brain is getting taxed. Okay, here's some more data to work on your brain. This is the very top item on Drudge right now:
TRUMP PAID HIGHER TAX RATE [25%] THAN MSNBC COMCAST [24%]... MUCH HIGHER THAN OBAMA [19%]... AND BERNIE [13%]!
Okay, now math has entered the picture, plus there's a serious implication in these numbers, which you'll have to figure out. (Hint: part of it has to do with the main headline about Maddow.)

Now here's the real reason for this post. We've just seen how ordinary news can be like an algebra test in high school. Check out these headlines, and observe what your brain does as you let them creep into your consciousness.
Mind you, these were just part of my daily reading in respected magazines and websites. They weren't in those "weird news" compilations. See what they do to your brain?

Here's the result:
Information or cognitive overload can lead to indecisiveness, bad decisions and stress, Lucy Jo Palladino, Ph.D, a psychologist, said. Indecisiveness or analysis paralysis occurs when you’re “overwhelmed by too many choices, your brain mildly freezes and by default, [and] you passively wait and see.” Or you make a hasty decision because vital facts get wedged between trivial ones, and you consider credible and non-credible sources equally, she said.
She was quoted in this article. I want you to drop everything and read it. One last vital piece of information: an explanation of the yo dawg illustration above.

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