Information Overload: Is the Information Age making us any wiser?

Knowledge has increased within our generation almost beyond imagination! The term “information overload” was coined for our generation, and with good cause.. Here are just a few mind-boggling facts on this:

  • 80 percent of all the scientists who have ever lived are alive now.
  • Every minute they add 2,000 pages to man’s scientific knowledge.
  • The material they produce every 24 hours would take one person 5 years to read.
  • It’s commonly estimated that a weekday edition of any major newspaper has more information than the average person living in the 17th century would have come across in a lifetime. And today, thanks to your PC and the World Wide Web, hundreds, if not thousands, of national and international papers and periodicals are at your fingertips.
  • Every day, the equivalent of over 300 million pages of text is sent over the Internet.
  • According to Dr. Malcolm Todd, one-time president of the American Medical Association, about half of all medical knowledge is outdated every 10 years. In some scientific fields, such as biotechnology, the cycle is shorter than 6 months.
  • It is estimated that over 15,000 scientific journals are being published annually, and that throughout the world well over 1,000 new books are published every day!
  • In 1970, when Apollo 13 was lost in space, it took NASA computers 90 minutes to work out a way to bring it back. A scientist working with a pencil and paper would have taken over a million years to figure out how to carry out the same feat.

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