Take a moment to think about the last time you memorized someone’s phone number. Was it way back when, perhaps circa 2001? And when was the last time you were at a dinner party or having a conversation with friends, when you whipped out your smartphone to Google the answer to someones question? Probably last week.
Technology changes the way we live our daily lives, the way we learn, and the way we use our faculties of attention — and a growing body of research has suggested that it may have profound effects on our memories (particularly the short-term, or working, memory), altering and in some cases impairing its function.
The implications of a poor working memory on our brain functioning and overall intelligence levels are difficult to over-estimate…READ MORE: How Technology Is Warping Your Memory | HuffPo
A good backgrounder from infogineering.net. Understanding Information Overload.
Information Overload White Paper Information Overload: We Have Met the Enemy and He is Us via Basex/Jonathan Spira et. al. and the Information Overload Resource Center online repository.
A business perspective. Get a Grip on the Information Overload via The Globe and Mail.
Wired provides some links to information overload essays in Information Overload Is Not a New Problem.
A personal viewpoint. JAMES ALTUCHER: This Is Why Multitasking Will Kill You via Business Insider.
An argument from Brian Solis positing that “information overload is a symptom of over consumption and the inability to refine online experiences based on interest and importance” in The Fallacy of Information Overload.
Digital Stress and Your Brain Infographic via OnlineUniversities.com.