Implications of Online Information Explosion
Much hype has been made of the Internet, specifically the World Wide Web, and the access to information that it has enabled. With more and more people having access to information online, and more and more people making information available online, the phenomenon of information explosion is becoming a reality. This cycle of uploading and downloading information forms the essence of both the probem and the solution.
The negative impacts of information explosion are well known: David Lewis of the International Stress Management Association originated the phrase "information fatigue syndrome." The barrage of data to which we are constantly exposed carries a cost, both physically and mentally. The engendered feelings of helplessness, confusion, and anger will erode work efficiency, family functioning and lead on to other impacts. This situation is further exasperated by lack of information processing skills.
But not all the impacts and effects of online information overload is bad:
Access to a broader and deeper range of information worldwide facilitates convergence of concepts, visions and ideas at the global level; but also a divergence of approaches based on how information is interpreted and used at the local level.
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