Comment on Information Overload debate hosted by The Economist

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For those of you who are interested, here is my comment on the information overload debate hosted by The Economist and CA (Computer Associates) as mentioned in the previous post:  

Technology’s aim never was to simplify our lives. It’s idea is to improve our lives. Simplicity is certainly correlated with the latter goal, but it is not the same. The proposition’s statement (“…if the promise of technology is to simplify our lives, it is failing”) is therefore based on a wrong assumption.

However, it does point to something that many people complain about: technology is often stated as the culprit of information overload causing lost productivity, diminished quality of thought, increased level of stress and so on.

But also this statement is not correct. It’s not the technology itself, but the higher expectations that are set by our line managers, our friends, and ourselves. We could simply stop using technology to get information (it’s optional after all) but we would fall behind in comparison to what our colleagues or friends know.

Therefore you could say that technology is indirectly responsible because it enabled the development to our society where we are expected to be on top of the news. However technology is one of humanity’s greatest achievements which improved our lives in so many ways; the propositions statement sounds a little as if technology as a whole is put on trial.

Information overload should be regarded as an indirect by-product of technology with some negative effects; now the focus should be on finding ways on how to reduce those effects. For this, technology itself might be the answer once again.

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  1. Andy Moles says:

    I agree that “Information overload” is a by product of technology and in solving it we need to use right kind or tools or applications. Taroby is one such web 2.0 application which had been using for managing our team mails, a while now. The unique concept of ‘Team Inbox’ makes Taroby an excellent collaboration suite for teams. Taroby has an excellent filter system, for removing spam or junk information. It enables you to sort your mails after setting priority for each of them. This lets you figure out what the team needs most right now, and can work on it accordingly. Taroby also allows putting informative comments or notes on mails and assigning it to any team mate. There are many more features in this application which could help curbing IO.
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