Too much information coming in too fast can overwhelm a person's ability to handle it.

Factors contributing to information overload:

(1) large amount of unstructured information

(2) information delivered in a relatively short period of time

(3) the user's ability to assimilate the information


Consequences of information overload:

(1) important information overlooked/undetected

(2) psychological distress

(3) errors in judgment

(4) gaps in knowledge


Ways to address information overload:

(1) discipline in the process of delivering information

(2) filter out the irrelevant

(3) rank/prioritize the filtered information

(4) organize the information into easily assimilated chunks

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