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Last Updated: Mar 20, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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What is Information Overload?


Information Overload: "an overwhelming feeling upon the receipt or collection of an indigestible or incomprehensible amount of information, the feeling of being faced with an amount of data that one has no hope of completely processing"

  • Do you HAVE to check social media multiple times a day to stay "in the know"?
  • Are you overwhelmed by the notifications on your devices begging for your attention?
  • Do you feel like you can never get through all of the information you have saved?
  • Do you hate not knowing the newest viral stories, latest news or what your friends are doing?
  • Does too much information just stress you out?

You might be suffering from information overload!


Information Overload Facts

Can you relate to these statistics?

In a survey of nearly 2,000 Note to Self listeners:

  • 60 percent said they feel like the amount of effort they must exert to stay up-to-date on a daily basis is "taxing." Another 15 percent said it's downright "impossible."
  • 4 out of 5 said information overload affects their ability to learn.
  • 1 out of 3 said information overload was affecting their close relationships.

In a Harvard study, people, regardless of age, check their smartphones every 15 minutes or less and become anxious if they aren’t allowed to do so.   



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Information Overload: Strategies to Declutter Your Digital Life

View our presentation on strategies to overcome information overload and declutter your digital life. 


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