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information overload

noun, Psychology
an excess of incoming information, as might confront a pedestrian on a crowded city street, that forces one to be selective in the information received and retained. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Contemporary definitions for information overload

an overwhelming feeling upon the receipt or collection of an indigestible or incomprehensible amount of information, the feeling of being faced with an amount of data that one has no hope of completely processing

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information overload in Technology

When a person feels unable to read all the information that is presented or available to them, particularly where they need to make decisions based on that information but can't because there is just too much to take in in the time available.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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