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Alvin Toffler coined the term”information overload” to describe a state of too much, too fast … a worsening condition that would seem to afflict all of us …
Americans Consume 34 GB of Data Daily
The concern that we are somehow generating “too much information” goes back many years:
“As long as the centuries continue to unfold, the number of books will grow continually, and one can predict that a time will come when it will be almost as difficult to learn anything from books as from the direct study of the whole universe. It will be almost as convenient to search for some bit of truth concealed in nature as it will be to find it hidden away in an immense multitude of bound volumes.” –Denis Diderot, “Encyclopédie” (1755)
And yet, far from scaling back because of “overload”, many people continue to look for tools and platforms that seem to provide more information more quickly than ever before, in an increasingly real-time flow. When given features that enable them to limit and filter that flow, they often choose to broaden their consumption instead.