October 20 is Information Overload Day. As the name implies, the purpose of this day is the rejection of the flow of information received daily. Social networks, news, test messages – forget about everything and just relax.
Information Overload Day was created by analyst Jonathan Speer in 2009. His company Basex chose information overload as its “problem of the year”. To draw more attention to the problem, an “Information Overload Awareness Day” was held on August 12th. The first celebration was held online and was attended by 350 people from 30 countries. In 2010, the event was postponed to October 20 and fixed on this date.
Streams of information are always at our fingertips and before our eyes. A huge number of media release new information around the clock. This is the most common cause of information overload. We face this every day and Information Overload Day was created to remind you to forget about social networks, TV and just relax for one day.
- in 1964, Professor Bertram Gross coined the phrase “information overload”;
- in 2015, Basex and IORG asked employers to send fewer emails to their employees;
- there were over 2019 billion websites in 2;
- A person spends an average of 19,5 hours on Facebook per month.
How to celebrate
If you have subordinates, then listen to the advice of IORG, reduce the amount of information issued by 20% for at least one day. Filter news sources. Not all the information that comes to your phone matters to you. Leave subscriptions to only the most necessary sources, so you reduce the likelihood of information overload. Gather with friends or family, distinguish all devices and gadgets, and just chat on frivolous topics.
When is Information Overload Day celebrated in 2022?
Information Overload Day is observed on October 20 each year.