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Feeling Overwhelmed? How the Internet Impacts Life Today
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According to a University of California study published in the January-February 2005 Utne Reader, "Five billion gigabytes of new information was created in 2002, the latest year of record. That is the equivalent of the Library of Congress multiplied 500,000 times. As a consequence, the article states, 'We are losing our ability to focus; our workload and speed [do] not leave room for thoughtful reflection. We're feeling that we're not on top of our lives. We're trying to do more and more to stay ahead. Instead it's getting worse. Computing is destabilizing the forms in which we have traditionally received information, and this process is destabilizing us.' Yet, the predicted 'paperless' office has not emerged. The world's offices consumed 43% more paper in 2002 than they did in 1999. Why no trend toward paperless? 'Printing documents represents an attempt to turn volatile and mutable digital forms into something more stable and long-lasting.'" [We also print what we see electronically because too frequently computers fail!]

INNOVATIONewsletter,  May 11, 2005 Center for Creative Ministry