Poverty of Attention

by Tanner M. on

“What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence, a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it.”
-Herbert A. Simon, noted interdisciplinary computational and social scientist

“You’re not paying attention. Nobody is.”
-Seth Godin

We are all consumers and are now all becoming producers.

An attention crash might be coming.

Information overload is impacting tons of people, mostly the baby boomer generation as they struggle to adapt to new social and emerging technologies.  However many 20 somethings claim to have a problem of information overload.

As Gen Y’ers, most of us are connected constantly to our social network’s lifestreams. We are bombarded by constant status updates, links, videos, and whatever else is out there.

Filtering technologies will become a huge market in the coming years as social networks like Facebook become the dominant tech player…Yes, bigger than Google. Our old-fashioned way of Googling will become social searches on Facebook and Twitter.

We are all consumers and are now all becoming producers.

Think Big,


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