2008 is being dubbed the “year of information overload”

 That’s according to research firm Basex, which chose "information overload" as its 2008 "Problem of the Year."

 According to 2007 study by Basex, information overload is costly; they estimate that the costs of information overload is about $650 billion a year in the USA alone.
Interruptions consume 28% of knowledge worker’s day. One recommended solution is to use filtering tools that help users to quickly understand, prioritize and organize information. Basex argues that the human brain is not effectively wired for paying attention to multiple things at once and handling constant interruptions.
According to Jonathan Spira, the author of the “Information Overload: We Have Met the Enemy And He Is Us” report, we should resist the urge to immediately follow up on every e-mail, phone call or IM. Spira recommends that knowledge workers distinguish the urgent from important things before deciding on interruptions in their thought process.

About Henry

Hi, I’m Henry Lewkowicz and I’m the CEO of Context Discovery Inc. For long time I have been interested in the importance of context in understanding information. Intuitively we recognize the meaning of context when we say “you took my words out of context”. This phrase vividly signifies how much we care about our intentions and point of view. I believe that in the Internet age context plays a big role in rapid understanding of information. I’ll go on the record and say that in fact seeing information in context dramatically speeds understanding and simplifies application of information. In this blog I hope to have a lively dialog with you on a range of subjects related to context, information overload, knowledge, learning and other fun topics. In the course of doing it I will be using our own application, Context Organizer, as an experiment in capturing in 1 sentence what bloggers and other writers publish. I hope that we all will have some fun with it and learn more about communicating. Although this is primarily a technology and business blog, to great degree it's also my personal blog. From time to time, amongst the customary posts, I will write about issues that I passionately care about, my travels, and photos that I've taken. Periodically I refer to my family or friends, and sometimes you even see my vacation photos. I hope to make lots of new friends and learn a great deal in the process. Life is too short…. Enjoy, and feel free to write to me.
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