The data deluge that leads to information overload can become toxic enough to damage your health. Data asphyxiation can bring about fatigue and the inability to concentrate as the amount of digital data being stored today doubles every 18 months. The human brain has finite limits on how much information it can absorb and process and if you try to exceed that limit your brain will become overloaded. Your thinking process and reasoning will become dulled, resulting in you making flawed decisions, or in some cases decisions will be impossible. This information overload will eventually lead to widespread physical and mental disturbances. In Alvin Toffler’s 1971 book ‘Future Shock’, he referred this phenomenon as being future shock syndrome.
Americans are being overwhelmed with information. Each day because of the astonishingly rapid growth of technology we are introduced to an unrelenting flow of data from TV news, the Internet, e-mail, cell phones, newspapers, magazines and books. It never lets up and there’s no place to hide. It assaults us at home, at work, even at play. By one estimate, a single issue of the New York Times contains more information than the average 17th-century person would come across in an entire lifetime.
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