Question: How much information does the average mind consume in a given day? Answer: 34 gigabytes. According to a University of California-San Diego study mentioned in The New York Times, the average American consumes 34 GB of content every day, including a whopping 100,000 words of information.
Of course, we are not fully aware of the 100,000 words per day necessarily, but that rather astounding figure does cross our eyes and ears within each 24-hour interval via multiple channels: the Web, TV, text messaging, email, radio, video games and more.
In all, we spend about 11.8 hours per day absorbing mass quantities of information, sometimes multitasking in front of multiple screens simultaneously. It’s nothing short of an attack. For many, just keeping up with the daily onslaught of email is a challenge. In fact, experts have estimated that e-mail adds an extra 1.23 hours to each day. This is no different if you are a student, employee, business owner, high level executive, or housewife. We all face a constant barrage of communication and a significant portion of it comes to us disguised as friendly email.