Poverty of Attention

Almost 40 years ago, in 1971, at the dawn of the Information age, the social scientist Herbert Simon wrote:

“In an information-rich world, the wealth of information means a dearth of something else: a scarcity of whatever it is that information consumes. What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of it’s recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention”

100% spot on for what we see around us everyday, non?

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