On Monday, Digital Natives intern Diana Kimball looked at two types of overload—one a positive side-effect of curiosity, the other a guilt-inducing deluge of information:
It is definitely possible to feel overloaded—even overwhelmed—by the
amount of information that streams past on the internet. This feeling
of overload can derive, though, from two quite different experiences of
information: rabbit-holes and spigots. My friends and I often joke
about the peril of Wikipedia—you
fact-check one tiny thing, and before you know it you’re down the
rabbit-hole. And there go the next few hours. CONTINUED...
Today, Sarah Zhang discusses social media overload asks whether there are strategies for dealing with it and with collisions between online social and professional networking:
When I was shopping around for a new phone earlier this fall, I was tempted to make the leap. With my inbox bursting at its seams and daily texting on the rise, I needed a better way to deal with it all. I decided: it’s time to get a smartphone! I would finally join the Crackberry craze…and man, that iPhone is pretty...
But I ultimately decided against it. One look at prices did push me toward second thoughts though there also another, more important consideration: Would I just be a little too connected? Do I really need my email to follow me around on the bus? In the dining hall? On the treadmill? The nearly infinite nature of the Internet has created information overload, and the proliferation of social networking sites has also propagated a kind of social information overload. CONTINUED...
For more on information overload check out chapter 8 of John Palfrey and Urs Gasser's Born Digital, and join the conversation with the Digital Natives team and others via the Digital Natives site, where you'll find links to the project wiki, blog, YouTube channel, and many other social tools and resources like the Born Digital responses page.