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Information overload strains U.S. economy

high-res-cover-with-foreword1Today in Intro to Media, we’re going to talk about books, media literacy and information overload.

Jonathan Spira, author of a book called “Overload!” says millions of Americans are swamped with digital information and it cost the U.S. economy nearly $1 trillion in 2010. (See stories of overloaded Americans here.)

Spira writes:

  • Reading and processing just 100 e-mail messages can occupy over half of a worker’s day.
  • It takes five minutes to get back on track after a 30 second interruption.
  • For every 100 people who are unnecessarily copied on an e-mail, eight hours are lost.
  • 58 percent of government workers spend half the workday filing, deleting, or sorting information, at a cost of almost $31 billion dollars.
  • 66 percent of knowledge workers feel they don’t have enough time to get all of their work done. Continue reading