A vote for “Innerput”

from Jim Tyler, Ph.D, University of Denver:

Information overload isn’t the only problem with this deluge of data that comes to those of you who are connected to the office 24/7. Such large and never-ending quantities of input interfere with your ability to “innerput,” a word I created to denote your thought processes in response to input, including analysis, synthesis, judgments, and decisions. With so much information coming in and the need to get information out, innerput suffers; there is neither the time nor the energy to adequately process all of the information.

Information is only a tool; its value lies in how you use it. And information has limited value, either as input or output, without innerput. Only through innerput does information become meaningful, only then can it morph from simple data to knowledge, insights, and ideas. And that only comes when there is time for innerput; stopping in the middle of this flood of information to think about, wrestle with, challenge, and build on the information that arrives at your technological doorstep.

via Business: Too Much Input, Not Enough “Innerput” | Psychology Today.

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