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Ignorance Is Bliss
Information Today - Medford
Subjects: COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Author: Kennedy, Shirley Duglin
Date: Jul/Aug 2017
Start Page: 12
Pages: 1
Section: INTERNET WAVES
Abstract (Document Summary)
The following list is from the Harvard Business Review (hbr.org/2009/09/death-by-inform ation-overload): * Ringing phones and e-mail alerts lower IQs by 10 points * Knowledge workers average 20 hours a week managing e-mail * Information overload costs the U.S. economy $900 billion a year * 60% of computer users check e-mail in the bathroom * A typical knowledge worker turns to e-mail 50 to 100 times a day * 85% of computer users say they would take a laptop on vacation * Employees consider 1 in 3 e-mails unnecessary The availability of so much information 24/7/365 has become so oppressive that many people are actively shunning it as a psychological defense mechanism. [...]When an ill-worded tweet sends the stock market into free fall, you are much less likely to log in and check your 401(k) balance, but when the markets are up, you check frequently. * You really enjoyed that vacation...
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