12 Feb '11, 7am
Every person gets 5 times more information now than in 1986
LONDON - If you think you are suffering from information overload, then you may be right - a new study shows everyone is bombarded by the equivalent of 174 newspapers of data a day. The growth in the Internet, 24-hour television and mobile phones means that we now receive five times as much information every day as we did in 1986. Using the analogy of an 85-page newspaper, researchers from the University of Southern California found that in 1986, we received around 40 newspapers full of information every day and this had rocketed to 174 in 2007. But that pales in comparison with the growth in the amount of information we churn out through e-mail, Twitter, social networking sites and text messages. Every day the average person produces six newspapers worth of information compared with only two-and-a-half pages 24 years ago - nearly a 200-fold increase.