After explaining some of the challenges related to quantifying the information overload data, Bialik writes:
“What is less ambiguous is that each piece of information, on average, gets less exposure today than in the past. Professor W. Russell Neuman is leading a study that quantifies information in terms of minutes—how much time Americans devote to consuming information, and how much time it would take to consume all the available information. In preliminary results, published online in 2009, the researchers found that in 2005 people spent about one minute consuming media for every 1,000 minutes available—a ratio that has grown roughly tenfold since 1960.”
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