Information Overload
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Information overload (nicknamed infobesity) is a term popularized by Alvin Toffler in his bestselling 1970 book Future Shock. It refers to the difficulty a person can have understanding an issue and making decisions that can be caused by the presence of too much information. The term itself is mentioned in a 1964 book by Bertram Gross, The Managing of Organizations. “Information overload occurs when the amount of input to a system exceeds its processing capacity. Decision makers have fairly limited cognitive processing capacity. Consequently, when information overload occurs, it is likely that a reduction in decision quality will occur.”The term and concept precede the Internet and can be viewed from a library and information sciences perspective or viewed as a psychology phenomenon. In psychology, information overload relates to an overabundance of incoming information into the senses. Sensory overload was thought to cause disorientation and lack of responsiveness. Toffler posited inf...
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