Blog #669 Information Overload – part I


Okay, I am not really drowning – although we have had almost sufficient rain in Central Texas this spring (and rain is important here!!) – but all of us are ‘drowning in information overload’!!!!

This article states:

“25 percent of workers experienced significant stress and poor health due to the volume of information they’re required to process.

“36 percent of managers reported poor health due to the excessive information they were required to process in the workplace.

“68 percent of those managers felt information overload has had a negative impact on their personal and professional relationships.


“33 percent felt they were suffering from poor health due to information overload.

“66 percent reported tension with their co-workers and management as well as reduced job satisfaction.

“62 percent admitted their social and professional relationships were suffering.



The article goes on:

What complicates things further is the amount of information we’re forced to deal with on a daily basis.

5 Quintillion bytes of data is created every day.

Every two days we create as much information from the dawn of civilization up until 2003.

By 2020, 1.7 megabytes of new information will be created every second, for every human being on the earth.

Only 0.5 percent of all data is ever analyzed or used.


There is SO MUCH information – how can a human handle it?

Seemingly not so well – we get stressed out.  We might miss out on a particular data item that might make our jobs and our lives easier – but after reading “bushel baskets” of data, it is easy to miss out on something.

The last few days I wrote about fracking to get more oil and gas.  There were many articles from both sides of the spectrum (pro and con).  In some cases, those in the environmental protection agencies get conflicting information –  and sometimes the conflicting information comes from trying to reach a good balancing point.

For the next few days we are going to look at Information Overload – and how to handle the stress that comes with it

See you soon!!!


Posted by Bruce White

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