n. The excessive consumption of information.
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As someone ever-eager to flaunt my grammatical shallowness, I felt chagrined recently when a friend dropped "infobesity" into the conversation before I'd had a chance to claim this latest buzzword and introduce it in my column.
—Peter Bromhead, “Suffering from nomophobia?,” The New Zealand Herald, October 03, 2014
People are suffering form info-besity. They are constantly snacking on LOLcats, on Psy on The Harlem Shake while similarly nibbling on Syria or tsunamis or European austerity and Australian politics.
—Stig Richards, “Bland Australian youth growing up as the 'info-besity generation',” Mumbrella, April 23, 2013
What does a balanced diet of information look like? The information served up by commercial television can be seen as poor in fiber and high in the information equivalent of fat and sugar. Can we become "infobese" from overconsumption?
—William Jones, Keeping Found Things Found, Morgan Kaufmann, July 27, 2010
2003 (earliest)
Similarly, the plenitude of information has brought about a new disease: infobesity. Newspapers, magazines, television and the Internet are producing far more information than we can absorb. Now, no one is being bombarded, i.e. forced to absorb information they don't want; but information seduces us into ingesting too much, just like food.
—James H. Morris, “Tales of Technology: Consider a cure for pernicious infobesity,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 30, 2003
Thanks to Lee Penn Lanselle for suggesting this word. For more on this subject, see my blog post, "Information as Food."
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