Infobesity and wellbeing…

Ephram Livni, ‘If information overload is stressing you out, go on a silence diet’
Quartz, July 9, 2017

…the link between;

In the beginning, there was the word. Now, there’s a deluge of language. On average, Americans consume 34 gigabytes of content and encounter 100,000 written words from various sources in a single day (pdf).

For context, Leo Tolstoy’s epic War and Peace is 460,000 words, read entirely by only the most devoted Russian literature fans (and it’s a wordy genre generally). That means we’re encountering more than we can take in, according to literati and cognitive-load theory. We may need a language break.



Through the WI Lens

“Infobesity” is becoming an ever-growing problem for the wellbeing of decision-makers. Their world is awash with such an overwhelming quantity of information and analysis that it can impair their ability to make good decisions. This, in turn, results in an enduring, damaging impact on wellbeing: stress and possibly burnout. What is to be done? The first thing is to limit the quantity of information and analysis. This may sound counter-intuitive, but it is the fundamental principle that underpins the rationale for the Hospitality and Wellbeing Barometer: as posited by cognitive-load theory, our brains have limited bandwidth, so to digest information in the most efficient way, we must also limit it. Then, there is a set of solutions that should be applied across the board when dealing with the requisite piece of analysis: (1) don’t multitask (the gravest sin: never works); (2) focus intensely on the task at hand (when reading or listening: the only way to do so in a productive and efficient manner) (3) “stop and think” by going silent. Business leaders are paid to think.   “Thinking time” is their scarcest and most precious commodity.   Finding the time to think is the key to finding solutions to what appeared intractable problems.  This is when the ideas flow! And a sense of wellbeing with them…

Gut Feelings

April 16, 2019

Could Therapy Be Key To Treating Your IBS? – Huffington Post, 11 April 2019, Natasha Hinde

Radicalise Movement

April 2, 2019

Sitting down for too long may be causing 70,000 UK deaths a year – The Guardian, 26 March 2019, Nicola Davis

Humans Back In Vogue

March 26, 2019

Human Contact Is Now a Luxury Good – New York Times, 23 March 2019, Nellie Bowles

Sickness to Debt to Sickness

March 19, 2019

Americans Are Going Bankrupt From Getting Sick, The Atlantic, 15 March 2019, Olga Khazan

On The Money

March 12, 2019

Why the future of well-being isn’t about money, 26 Feb 2019, Justin Dupuis

Bread Culture

March 5, 2019

With bread’s return to favor in the wellness world, consumers are ritualizing the baking process as an opportunity to slow down. JWT Intelligence, 28 February 2019, Emily Safian-Demers

Ikea Purity

February 26, 2019

Ikea’s new curtains purify the air inside your house – Fast Company, 20 Feb 2019, Jesus Diaz


February 19, 2019

Insectageddon – Politicians are complicit in the killing of our insects – we will be next – Guardian 12 February 2019 – Molly Scott Cato

Goop, Delta, Netflix

February 12, 2019

Goop Enters Netflix Deal: Has Pseudoscience Found A New Platform? Forbes, 9 Feb 2019, Bruce Y. Lee

Race Ready Workplace

February 5, 2019

5 ways work culture will change by 2030, Fast Company, February 4th 2019 Gwen Moran

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