infobesity


experiencing negative health effects due to information overload

TRANSLATION

infobesity = ein Übermaß an Information, Informationsüberfluss Google index = 121,000 hits

STATISTICS

IN THE PRESS

Go on a data diet and stand out from the crowd – are you suffering from INFOBESITY?

Tom Blacksell - Experian.co.uk

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infobesity
noun, colloquial

- an excess of information, especially when this makes it more difficult or impossible to make rational decisions

(MacMillan Dictionary)

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ORIGIN

The term was popularized by Alvin Toffler in his bestselling 1970 book Future Shock.

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Investment firm Bain Capital offers a good description in the context of corporate life:

"Like conventional obesity, infobesity has many sources. The never-ending stream of emails and voicemails. The PowerPoint presentations that dominate so many meetings. The endless reports from finance, marketing, cross-functional teams and external researchers.

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SYNONYMS

information overload, information glut, data smog, "information pollution", infoxication

"TMI" (too much information) is an initialism alluding to information overload and is often used in jest.

"TL;DR" (too long; didn't read) is another initialism alluding to information overload, but this one is normally used derisively (spöttisch).

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NOTE

If infobesity is the disease, then "analysis paralysis" would be a severe symptom.

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