Even before the mainstream internet, we were already confronting Too Much Information--and hearing about it ad nauseum (See also: infoglut, data smog, infobesity, intoxication, infomania
, dataholism, etc.).
Perhaps we were being jerked about by, or under the influence of, something called "infomania
"--being obsessed with information technology.
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As the sassy host of "That's Gay," a segment on Current TV's infoMania
since summer 2009, writer-comedian Bryan Safi satirizes the media's treatment and representation of gay people and issues with viral-ready spoofs on hot topics ranging from the Chick-fil-A controversy to Logo's The A-List.
Recently I was watching infoMania
(it's on Al Gore's Current TV, so you can be forgiven for not knowing about it), and a segment came on about one of the Kardashian women.
Birmingham Southern College started one called InfoMania
: Creating, Managing, and Seeking Information in the 21st Century with learning objectives that meld information resource and information technology awareness and skills.
In her segment "Target Women" on Current TV's Infomania
show, she dissects Bridezilla-style reality shows and commercials for bowel-moving yogurt.
Some companies, including Intel (intel.com) and Hewlett-Packard (hp.com), call this problem "infomania
." Still others refer to the "infoglut," while my preferred term is simply "information overload."
Haney reveals a most interesting caution issued by the company Hewlett Packard which warns against the rise in "infomania
", addiction to email and text messages, that can result in a fall in IQ more than twice that caused by marijuana smokers ("Texting Troubles" 2005 in Haney 2006: 21).
Researchers say office staff are the most common sufferers of "infomania
" - losing concentration at work as their minds are in a permanent state of readiness to reply to texts and emails.
Dr Glenn Wilson, who carried out the study at the University of London, said: 'We have found that infomania
, if unchecked, will damage a worker's performance by reducing their mental sharpness