In the second half of the twentieth century to the beginning of the transition of developed countries to the information society began to show the negative aspects of this process – namely, information overload. According to the Microsoft newsletter on the planet, there are 2 billion. TVs, 3 billion. Radios, in addition, each year, 150 thousand. Magazines, 5bn. Scientific books and articles, 250 thousand. Theses and reports. World book fund doubles every 10-15 years, etc. At the same time, increased speed and access to this information.
The essence of congestion information is the number of incoming payload exceeds the capability of human perception it, i.e. person is not able to cope with the information on a large scale.
Information overload occurs not only because of the large volume of the flow of information obtained, but maybe even more so due to its unpredictability. If the information is not received in response to the request, and she finds her recipient, the more often the target consumer is not ready for its perception. Often if you put into search string word –move, you will find million adds about office equipment movers or professional office movers. So many unnecessary information you could find vie the Internet.
Moreover, the information is not only unperceived, but also makes a significant chaos in the presentation about the world. It was chaos, lack of structure and causes fatigue information.
The cause of information overload is also a general fatigue. In one of the studies conducted by British sinology found that being awake for a long time affects the brain’s ability to pay attention to things. Therefore, we begin to remember less because less notice. One of the experiments showed that people who slept less than 6 hours a day for two weeks, much less points scored in a memory test than those who slept for 8 hours a day.
Often, information overload comes with an inability to plan working hours and lack of work schedules, the one that limits the number of working hours per day and determined by the time of day.
Finally, a couple of scientifically proven facts:
- Information overload causes severe stress and leads to a general deterioration of health
- The overuse and social media may cause loss of short-term memory!
As far as possible avoid Information Overload!