There’s been lots of talk in recent weeks and months of information overload, continuous partial attention and the like, and I’m absolutely feeling it. I complained about my absurd feed volume not too long ago. How bad is the problem?
Well, just last week I accidentally clicked “Mark All Read” in FeedLounge (even clicking through a confirming dialogue box), starting fresh. At the time, I was carrying approximately 15,500 unread items. Unfortunately, my respite was brief. After several days of heavy feed reading, I find myself in the hole by a count of 1634 unread items.
I don’t feel any real pressure to read all of it, fortunately, but it is an indication of how difficult it is to keep up these days.