Curated by Beth Kanter
Shel Holtz that information overload is not the problem and filter isn't an issue either - that people are smarter than we think.
He does say that work related information is another story
In fact, rather than feeling buried by information, people are getting more critical of its quality. “But these frustrations were accompanied by enthusiasm and excitement on a more general level about overall media choices,” Hargittai said.
As for the few who did feel overwhelmed, these tended to be participants with low levels of Internet skill, people who can’t navigate search engine results or filter through social media updates.
Incidentally, if you’re shaking your head at the idea that information overload is an overblown issue because of the amount of information you deal with at work, that’s another story! There’s ample data to support employee claims of being buried in information; the email inbox alone is enough to drive some people over the edge. Fortunately, IABC’s Research Foundation has produced a report on sources and solutions for the enterprise overload problem.