|According to new The Digital Lifestyle survey, consumers and web surfers are facing a torrent of data growing faster than ever before. 78 per cent of respondents were Technologies, Journalists, Entrepreneurs, Executives, and Professionals, with 48.5 per cent saying that they were connected to the web: "from the moment I wake up until the moment I go to bed."
64.2 per cent said that the Information coming at them today had grown by more than 50% compared with last year. 72.7 per cent described their data stream as: "A roaring river", "a flood", or a "massive tidal wave."
People are missing important news, information, and appointments; friendships and family suffer, says the report.
- 76.7 per cent read email and respond evenings and weekends
- 43.2 per cent answer texts or emails on date/social occasion
- 57.4 per cent never turn off phone
- 33.0 per cent check email middle of the night
- 35.2 per cent answer work emails while with children
- 46.9 per cent unable to answer all email
- 41.4 per cent miss important news
- 39.9 per cent ignore family and friends
- 16.9 per cent miss appointments
- 62.5 per cent wish they could filter out the flood of data
Steven Rosenbaum, author of Curation Nation, concludes that "... (since) the volume of raw data coming at us has increased more than 50 per cent in the past 12 months... (and) as more digital devices and software services proliferate... data and speed of increase will grow exponentially... (and) will be unsustainable... "
He goes on to suggest that "... algorithmic solutions, better spam filters, smarter search, and more connected devices will fact-expand the problem... (while) human data management, shared and community filtering, and personal recommendations will allow ‘content' consumers... (to) consume curated content... (and) surf less... "