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Lessons of the North Pond Hermit - The Atlantic
"The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit By Michael Finkel Knopf The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative By Florence Williams W. W. Norton Solitude: In Pursuit of a Singular Life in a Crowded World By Michael Harris Thomas Dunne"
books  reviews  solitude  hermits  technology  information-overload 
march 2017 by tsuomela
Evgeny Morozov: Two Cheers for Boredom : The New Yorker
Paywall - article on boredom and online overload by Evgeny Morozov
boredom  online  behavior  information-overload 
october 2013 by tsuomela
BBC Column: Psychological self-defence for the age of email « Mind Hacks
"Here’s a pretty safe assumption to make: you probably feel like you’re inundated with email, don’t you? It’s a constant trickle that threatens to become a flood. Building up, it is always nagging you to check it. You put up spam filters and create sorting systems, but it’s never quite enough. And that’s because the big problems with email are not just technical – they’re psychological. If we can understand these we’ll all be a bit better prepared to manage email, rather than let it manage us."
email  attention  information-overload  psychology  bias  cognition  gtd  productivity 
october 2012 by tsuomela
The “Myth” of Media Multitasking: Reciprocal Dynamics of Media Multitasking, Personal Needs, and Gratifications - Wang - 2012 - Journal of Communication - Wiley Online Library
"The increasing popularity of media multitasking is frequently reported in national surveys while laboratory research consistently confirms that multitasking impairs task performance. This study explores this apparent contradiction. Using dynamic panel analysis of time series data collected from college students across 4 weeks, this study examines dynamic reciprocal impacts of media multitasking, needs (emotional, cognitive, social, and habitual), and corresponding gratifications. Consistent with the laboratory research, cognitive needs are not satisfied by media multitasking even though they drive media multitasking in the first place. Instead, emotional gratifications are obtained despite not being actively sought. This helps explain why people increasingly multitask at the cost of cognitive needs. Importantly, this study provides evidence of the dynamic persistence of media multitasking behavior."
technology  technology-effects  information-overload  multitasking  attention  emotion  communication 
may 2012 by tsuomela
Multitasking, always-on, and the pleasures of things that feel like work - Contemplative Computing
"This is easy to parody: one friend summarized the argument as, You're not the tech industry's bitch, you just don't know when to stop being awesome, which maybe is taking things a bit far. (Though one commenter's point that this might not be, but "'fear' of being dispensable" is also a good one.)

But I think there are a couple valuable things embedded in Perlow's study that I think are worth drawing out.

First, it seems to me that people aren't addicted to success, but to the feeling of success. There is an important difference."
technology  technology-effects  information-overload  multitasking  attention  emotion 
may 2012 by tsuomela
Information Diet | Home
"Healthy information consumption habits are about more than productivity and efficiency. They're about your personal health, and the health of society. Just as junk food can lead to obesity, junk information can lead to new forms of ignorance. The Information Diet provides a framework for consuming information in a healthy way, by showing you what to look for, what to avoid, and how to be selective. In the process, author Clay Johnson explains the role information has played throughout history, and why following his prescribed diet is essential in today's information age."
book  website  information  technology  diet  information-overload  attention 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Pang's Zombie Apocalypse Memorization Test - Contemplative Computing
"One of the questions I've been working through in my book is this: how do you decide when it's okay to outsource a cognitive function? When is it okay to let your electronic address book remember all your phone numbers, for example? When should you try to memorize a street address, rather than let your GPS or iPhone remember it for you.

I think the simple answer is this. Will memorizing the information help you survive a Zombie Apocalypse?"
information-overload  memory  technology  context 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Study Hacks » Blog Archive » Distraction is a Symptom of a Deeper Problem: The Convenience Principle and the Destruction of American Productivity
"Consider, to give a more general example, e-mail. There are no shortage of strong arguments that living your day in your inbox prevents long, uninterrupted thought, which in turn greatly reduces the value of what you produce and the rate at which your skills improve.

Nicholas Carr almost won a Pulitzer last year for his book on this phenomenon, The Shallows, which was based on his earlier Atlantic article, titled “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”.

So why hasn’t there been any major changes to how American organizations use e-mail? The convenience principle stops them.

If you subscribe to this principle, all it takes to argue back against a critic like Carr is a list of examples where restricting e-mail in any way would lead to inconvenience."
habit  information-overload  email  organization  convenience 
march 2012 by tsuomela
'Plug In Better': A Manifesto - Alexandra Samuel - Technology - The Atlantic
"The trick isn't to unplug from our devices -- it's to unplug from the distractions, information overload, and trash that make us unhappy."
technology  technology-effects  information-overload  social-media  psychology 
february 2012 by tsuomela
Your Friends Are Not A Network 2 | HR Examiner with John Sumser
When it works, collaboration is an amazing and explosive experience. Unleashing the synergy of a team of co-learners creates an avalanche of insight and output. The biggest problem with collaboration isn’t bossiness or proselytizing.

It’s overwhelm.
collaboration  information-overload  overload  experience  online 
september 2011 by tsuomela
The History of Info-Glut: Euler, Mayer and the Invention of Statistics « A (Budding) Sociologist’s Commonplace Book
"All of this is to say that new statistical techniques, especially ones that become settled conventions, solve problems in info-glut. These solutions encode particular choices about what features of the world to emphasize – for example, assuming normal distributions makes us think in terms of mean and variance, and not so much about “fat tails”, a problem for modern finance (see MacKenzie’s work). Our modern iteration of this centuries old problem is only different in quantity not in kind. The proliferation of kinds of data awaits new methods for simplifying it. Info-glut, in other words, is relative to the advance of statistical methods that become taken-for-granted and institutionalized."
information-overload  history  statistics 
may 2011 by tsuomela
Rough Type: Nicholas Carr's Blog: Situational overload and ambient overload
"Situational overload is not the problem. When we complain about information overload, what we're usually complaining about is ambient overload. This is an altogether different beast. Ambient overload doesn't involve needles in haystacks. It involves haystack-sized piles of needles. We experience ambient overload when we're surrounded by so much information that is of immediate interest to us that we feel overwhelmed by the neverending pressure of trying to keep up with it all. "
information  information-overload  attention  situation  ambient  filters 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Contemplative Computing
Alex Soojung-Kim Pang is a futurist of science and technology. He is currently a Visiting Researcher in the Socio-Digital Systems Group at Microsoft Research, Cambridge.
weblog-individual  computing  contemplation  information-overload 
february 2011 by tsuomela
Texas Advanced Computing Center: A Window on the Archives of the Future
"How does an archivist discover relationships or find information in a sea of millions of digital records? With the proliferation of digital records, the task of an archivist has grown exponentially more complex. This problem is especially acute for the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the federal government agency responsible for managing, preserving and ensuring transparency in access to federal government digital records documenting our nation’s history, our democratic processes, and the rights of American citizens. "
archive  information-overload  information  management  visualization 
february 2011 by tsuomela
How the Internet Gets Inside Us : The New Yorker
"All three kinds appear among the new books about the Internet: call them the Never-Betters, the Better-Nevers, and the Ever-Wasers. The Never-Betters believe that we’re on the brink of a new utopia, where information will be free and democratic, news will be made from the bottom up, love will reign, and cookies will bake themselves. The Better-Nevers think that we would have been better off if the whole thing had never happened, that the world that is coming to an end is superior to the one that is taking its place, and that, at a minimum, books and magazines create private space for minds in ways that twenty-second bursts of information don’t. The Ever-Wasers insist that at any moment in modernity something like this is going on, and that a new way of organizing data and connecting users is always thrilling to some and chilling to others—that something like this is going on is exactly what makes it a modern moment. One’s hopes rest with the Never-Betters
books  review  internet  culture  technology-effects  technology  digital  online  information-overload 
february 2011 by tsuomela
SSRN-Copyright in an Era of Information Overload: Toward the Privileging of Categorizers by Frank Pasquale
Environmental laws are designed to reduce negative externalities (such as pollution) that harm the natural environment. Copyright law should adjust the rights of content creators in order to compensate for the ways they reduce the usefulness of the information environment as a whole. Every new work created contributes to the store of expression, but also makes it more difficult to find whatever work one wants. Such search costs have been well-documented in information economics. Copyright law should take information overload externalities like search costs into account in its treatment of alleged copyright infringers whose work merely attempts to index, organize, categorize, or review works by providing small samples of them. They are not free riding off the labor of copyright holders, but rather are creating the types of navigational tools and filters that help consumers make sense of the ocean of expression copyright holders have created.
copyright  intellectual-property  information-overload  indexing  cataloging 
january 2011 by tsuomela
Attention and Information – The Aporetic
So what appears to us as “too much information” could just be the freedom from necessity. I don’t have to worry about find ing and cut ting and storing fire wood: I don’t even have to man age a coal furnace.  That attention has been freed up for other things. What we see as “too much informa­tion” is probably some thing more like “a surplus of free attention.”

As a historian, I no longer have to spend hours scanning texts to find the smaller sets of information  I need. They pop up quickly when I deal with digitized texts, and the search process is stream lined and auto mated much in the way a gas burner stream lines and auto mates a wood stove.
attention  information-overload  history  academic  standards  practice  archive  digital  access 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Technology Review: Blogs: Mims's Bits: The Internet May Encourage 'Information Hoarding'
Reading Dr. Reinardy's article on the subject, you can't help but think that the the accelerated news cycle of the web is encouraging sub-pathological or even pathological levels of information hoarding in nearly everyone.

At the least, the internet caters to this kind of information addiction: every site produces dozens of items of new content a day, all of them demanding your attention. There's so much material that it has to be further organized by other aggregators and social news sites, which are in turn re-digested by the giant, churning knowledge engine.

The difference between information hoarding and the regular kind is that information hoarding has the potential to be invisible.
information  information-overload  information-science  research  hoarding  behavior  information-behavior 
september 2010 by tsuomela
The Way We Live Now - Going Offline in Search of Freedom -
In my slightly less agonizing situation, the trap is more of a bait and switch: the promise is of infinite knowledge, but what’s delivered is infinite information, and the two are hardly the same. In that sense, Homer may have been the original neuropsychologist: centuries after his death, brain studies show that true learning is largely an unconscious process. If we’re inundated with data, our brains’ synthesizing functions are overwhelmed by the effort to keep up. And the original purpose — deeper knowledge of a subject — is lost, as surely as the corpses surrounding Sirenum scopuli.

It could be that sometimes our greatest freedom may be to choose freedom from freedom.
internet  culture  psychology  limits  creativity  attention  information-overload 
october 2009 by tsuomela
Interfluidity :: Vanilla is a commodity
Extracting the vanilla from the CFPA is not, as Felix Salmon put it "the beginning of the end of meaningful regulatory reform". It is the end of the end. Vanilla products were the only part of the CFPA proposal that was likely to stay effective for more than a brief period, that would be resistant to the games banks play. All the rest will be subject to off-news-cycle negotiation and evasion, the usual lion-and-mouse game where regulators are the rodents but it's the rest of us that get swallowed.
regulation  finance  economics  investing  consumer-protection  simple  complexity  information-overload 
october 2009 by tsuomela
Slate Magazine - Seeking
by Emily Yoffe. Summary of research by Jaak Panskeep and Kent Berridge into our desire for additional information. Speculates this desire is akin to addiction systems. "How the brain hard-wires us to love Google, Twitter, and texting. And why that's dangerous."
psychology  neuroscience  mental  technology  information  addiction  behavior  seeking  information-overload  information-use  brain  neurology 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Excess capacity is a good thing - Knowledge Jolt with Jack
My take on information overload and general "personal effectiveness" has always been to start with the individual and then look out to the system.
knowledge-management  knowledge-work  pkm  information-overload  capacity  personal  gtd 
august 2009 by tsuomela
How Much Information?
2003 study by UC Berkeley researchers - Peter Lyman and Hal Varian.
information-overload  information  statistics  technology  data  research 
may 2009 by tsuomela
How Much Information Is Too Much Information? : Uncertain Principles
the problem is not that traditional media don't deliver enough information. The problem is that they don't deliver enough knowledge. We're not suffering from a dearth of breathless on-the-scene reportage, but a lack of filtering of that breathless reportage to produce useful knowledge about what's actually going on.
information-overload  knowledge  media 
april 2009 by tsuomela
How to Save the World - An Information Diet
Change management 'experts' will tell you that to bring about behaviour change you have to do one of three things: (a) change mandatory processes, (b) change the technology people use, or (c) change the culture/attitudes/beliefs/values. I know a lot of people who've worked in organizations for more than a quarter century, and they tell me that (a) process is dead -- there are no standard processes anymore, so you can't 'change' them, (b) people will simply refuse to use technology that makes them do things they find ineffective or unintuitive, and (c) the only way you can change an organizational 'culture' is by firing everyone and hiring all new people who agree with a proposed change.
information  information-overload  information-diet 
march 2009 by tsuomela
Mind Hacks: The myth of the concentration oasis
The 'modern technology is hurting our brain' argument is widespread but it seems so short-sighted. It's based on the idea that before digital communication technology came along, people spent their time focusing on single tasks for hours on end and were rarely distracted.

The trouble is, it's plainly rubbish, and you just have to spend time with some low tech communities to see this is the case.
information-overload  distraction  psychology  technology  technology-effects  criticism  modern 
february 2009 by tsuomela
I smiled when I saw that the page title is blank. A key piece for smooth info flow is missing.
information-overload  test  calculator 
december 2008 by tsuomela
The Alexandrine Dilemma | the human network
In fact, because the library is universal, library science now needs to be a universal skill set, more broadly taught than at any time previous to this. We have become a data-centric culture, and are presently drowning in data. It’s difficult enough for us to keep our collections of music and movies well organized
libraries  data  information-overload  information-literacy  coaching  education 
december 2008 by tsuomela
The High Cost of Pretending | 43 Folders
We can create meaningful and sustainable expectations about how, when, or whether we’ll respond to each of the inputs in our world. We can be candid about the level of attention strangers and friends can expect from us. And, when the time is appropriate, we can find the stomach to tell the world we’re not even pretending to listen.
pim  information-overload  email  ethics  norms  social 
december 2008 by tsuomela
The Danger of Information
Too much information.

For anyone connected to a digital network of any kind that’s either a fact of modern life or a hazard waiting in the wings.

However, a writer in the Op-Ed section of this morning’s Post believes that the “information avalanche” enabled by all our communications tools is also a potential danger to our democracy.
information-overload  culture  media  journalism 
august 2008 by tsuomela - News - Research Publications Online: Too Much of A Good Thing? - US National Science Foundation (NSF)
Scholars also seemed to concentrate their citations more on specific journals and articles. "More is available," Evans said, "but less is sampled, and what is sampled is more recent and located in the most prominent journals."
academic  research  sociology  culture  publishing  information-overload  information-use 
july 2008 by tsuomela
CBC Radio | The Current | Whole Show Blow-by-Blow
Part 2: Information Overload

Trying to organize the information deluge can be a challenge. Fancy new software might help, but it does take some self control. Such is the life of a working professional in the technological age. So much information, so lit
information-overload  news  radio 
july 2008 by tsuomela
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