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How to Beat Information Overload - Pint of Science 2017 Presentation


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Slides from my Pint of Science talk given at the very cool venue Couch on Campo Lane in Sheffield.
Do you feel overwhelmed and distracted by all of the emails, text messages, website and social media updates, likes, pings, pokes, snapchats? Two things are certain, you are not alone and those distractions are not going to go away unless you get a handle on them. As the amount of content we generate on the web continues to grow at a rapid pace and we look to make better use of our time, personally and professionally, Andy Tattersall will show you some of the ways you can do to take back control. All you need is willpower and a terrible wifi connection.

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How to Beat Information Overload - Pint of Science 2017 Presentation

  1. 1. How to Avoid Information Overload @Andy_Tattersall
  2. 2. WARNING!!! This requires WILLPOWER!
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  4. 4. There’s no place like phone Consumer usage patterns in the era of peak smartphone Global Mobile Consumer Survey 2016: UK Cut
  5. 5. -addicted-to-the-internet-ofcom-warns/ “Ofcom said that the average internet user now spends 25 hours a week online, with 59 per cent saying they were “hooked”, and 34 per cent admitting they find it difficult to disconnect. Even older generations admitted to an online obsession, with 45 per cent of over-65s saying they were “hooked to a connected device”, and 29 per cent admitting that they “spent too much time online”.
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  8. 8. The fear of NOT being connected
  9. 9. #FOMO Anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on social media: ‘I realized I was a lifelong sufferer of FOMO’
  10. 10. Image CC BY David Goehring Multitask?
  11. 11. Cognitive control in media multitaskers. E Ophir, C Nass, AD Wagner. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106 (37), 15583-15587
  12. 12. Continuous partial attention
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  14. 14. The best Web page in the world?
  15. 15. “It’s not information overload. It’s filter failure.” ― Clay Shirky Image CC BY 2.0 © Joi
  16. 16. Filter emails before they arrive
  17. 17. Find the information you really need
  18. 18. Find the emails you really want
  19. 19. Move from archiving emails to deleting them forever
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  22. 22. Turn off notifications - turn your phone to silent/airplane mode CC BY 2.0 Johan Larsson
  23. 23. Relax! You’ll Be More Productive
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  25. 25. Automate your online activity
  26. 26. Cut out the distraction
  27. 27. Focus using technology
  28. 28. Stay FocusdAvailable on Chrome Web Store Image CC BY 2.0 © Artondra Hall
  29. 29. leave your desk behind Image © Turnitin
  30. 30. Find a quiet focused place
  31. 31. Curate your interests
  32. 32. Unsubscribe often
  33. 33. Have a Walking meeting
  34. 34. Image CC BY 2.0 © cheetah100
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  36. 36. • The effect of music listening on work performance • The Effect of Student Music Choice on Writing Productivity. Music to work to – ScoopIt! Page