"information addiction" growing worldwide! (Reuters poll) FWD

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Sun, 28 Dec 1997 21:54:47 -0800 (PST)


FWD summary:  detailed story at:
http://www.reuters.com/profile/newsreleases/1997/addict.html

RESEARCH REVEALS GROWING DANGER OF INFORMATION ADDICTION WORLDWIDE   8 Dec 97

Yahoo : Information Overload?
A survey from Reuters which polled 1,000 business managers worldwide has
identified an emmerging and potentially hazardous trend of the Digital Age.
The results of the survey reveal that although information gathering is
innocuous to the majority of Internet users, there is a growing proportion
of Internet users who find themselves addicted to information and the
Internet. Fact finding on the Internet has become more than a case of
keeping up with the latest trends for some business managers; over 50
percent said that although they were constantly accumulating information
they didn't have the capacity to assimilate it, rather they were
overwhelmed by it. 97 percent said they believed their companies should
provide information management training. Over half the respondents to the
survey pronounced themselves information junkies and said they got cravings
for new information, especially from the Internet. Mark Griffiths, a
psychologist from Nottingham Tent University commented that the results
pointed to the fact that there is an undeniable association between
Internet abuse and information addiction. According to Paul Waddington, a
spokesperson from Reuters, "It's a problem when it starts to affect the way
people perform in business, and in the way it affects their home life.
http://www.yahoo.com/

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