Winning the Fight Against Information Overload
We live in the information age. The access and control of information is the defining characteristic of this current era in human civilization. Information has become a commodity that is quickly circulated and easily available, especially through the use of modern technology.
The amount of information available today offers much to mankind, as we can learn almost anything in a very short amount of time at little to no cost. This helps you make better decisions faster while achieving many things without even leaving your house. The widespread availability of information has also helped many crypto enthusiasts with their contributions. However, the information age has also brought many challenges. One of them is called information overload. This problem is widely recognized today, mainly because people are bombarded with information in every part of their daily lives, whether they actively seek it out or not. Everyone is affected by the increasing number of sources from which information originates.
Many questions arise when we want to contribute to crypto projects. Should I try Bitcoin or Ethereum? What about all the other cryptocurrencies available? What’s the difference? How do I buy it? What’s the current value? Will I get something out of it? With all the information available, the number of different answers is practically limitless. So what can you do to find the right one?
In the following research article, we explore how information overload can affect you and what you can do to stop it.
What is Information Overload and the Problems That Come With It
The term is defined as follows: “Information overload occurs when the amount of input to a system exceeds its processing capacity. Decision makers have fairly limited cognitive processing capacity. Consequently, when information overload occurs, it is likely that a reduction in decision quality will happen.” There have been complaints about information overload throughout history, but never has access to data brought us more information than today – news, social media, e-mail, websites, mobile apps, ads… the sources are almost infinite.
To put it simply, information overload happens when we try to handle too much information. We can’t understand issues or make proper decisions. This can affect any part of our lives – even when it comes to money, or in our case, contributing to crypto projects. From price comparisons to news sites that are cluttered with different messages, many aspects can make us struggle to figure out what is really important.
Too much information can reduce our ability to concentrate on the most important message. When we face this issue we often cope with it by ignoring some of the messages, delaying responses to messages we deem unimportant, responding inaccurately to certain messages, taking less time with each message, or reacting only superficially to all messages. People exposed to too much information are consequently less productive, prone to making poor decisions, as well as at risk to stress-related issues. They become highly selective and ignore large amounts of information, take more time to reach a decision, or even give up on a task altogether.
A real danger of information overload is, therefore, the tendency to ignore messages that are deemed weaker but could possibly be crucial, due to the fact that we are overwhelmed. We may focus too much on price but ignore the fact that the project we are contributing to is simply not good. We can also easily fall victim to misinformation or Pump and Dump groups.
Avoiding the Information Overload Trap
It’s a fact that if you want to be successful in the crypto world, you just have to do your own research. You should take charge of your own knowledge, contributions, and decision-making. If you rely too much on the advice of others, you might be disappointed. So how to do this in the era of information overload?
First off, you have to focus on the quality of information and not the quantity. When browsing the news, you will find sources that simply recap others, some that actually duplicate articles, and others that outright lie in order to get you to do something that will benefit them. You have to be mindful of this and carefully select the information you consume. Know when and what to skip in order to save time and energy for the things that are truly important.
This leads us to the next step – you should find a couple of reputable sources that post regularly. It’s even better if such sources don’t accept sponsorship for pushing a particular ICO. This might be difficult, but we already talked about how you can evaluate sources of information here. Simply follow the steps we described, and you are well on your way to finding solid information that will help you out with your future crypto endeavors.
Always be mindful of influencers. People will sometimes masquerade as investment advisors and tell you what to do or where to contribute. Some of these people will have a lot of followers and their advice might sound impartial, but proceed with caution – these people are often sponsored or have their own agendas. They may simply blast you with too much information that will most likely only benefit them.
Wouldn’t it Be Great to Have a Simpler Solution?
How would you like to have all the relevant crypto news and information aggregated and summarized in one place? This is exactly what the BLOCKBIRD platform does. It uses the power of community collective intelligence and machine learning algorithms to evaluate news and expose any misinformation in the process. For more information, you are invited to read our blueprint, and become a part of the BLOCKBIRD movement.