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The perils of information overloadEmployees from technology companies including Intel, Microsoft, IBM, and Google have banded together to combat information overload, which they call "the world's greatest challenge to productivity." As the new nonprofit Information Overload Research...
[ Music ] ^M00:00:02 >> Technology overload got you down? I'm Holly Jackson, CNET News. Technology has made it possible for us to get information at our fingertips, but a new organization is saying that information overload is affecting our personal lives and our work lives. I'm here in San Francisco to see what people think. So, do you ever have these days where your inbox is full of emails that you have to go through and you know, all that stuff kind of going on? >> Absolutely, I average of maybe 60 to a 100 emails a day, internationally as well -- yes, absolutely. And in fact, to the point where you actually have to schedule yourself time and even in order to answer them. >> We're surrounded by you know, all kinds of media at all times where you know, iPhone users, everyone's texting, we've got lots of ads everywhere, you know, in barge there's no resting place for the eye or for the mind anymore. If it takes you away from, you know, family, friends, normal social contact, then you know, when you're texting somebody instead of just talking to them, that's different. >> Do you think that information overload affects work productivity? >> Yes. I feel a slave to my email most days, so yes. If I can pick up the phone and deal with a client or somebody about something in about a minute and a half versus type something that will take me to email to email to email to email, then why not pick up the phone -- yeah. >> You have any tips for controlling information overload? >> Turn it off. Go back to old school. Read a book now and then. Learn to relax a little bit. ^M00:01:41 [ Music ]