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Information Surplus, Information Overload, and Multiplatform News Consumption: Updating Considerations of Influential Factors
Unformatted Document Text:  Information Overload and the Factor of Time 2   Information Overload and the Factor of Time: Considerations of content surplus and mass media platform deliveries Abstract With more information spilling onto the Internet, more people are feeling overloaded by the amount of available content. This is an especially critical issue for mass media producers who seek captive consumers for financial sustainability—consumers who may not necessarily find more information desirable. This study explores novel areas of information overload, specifically with regard to news and information, and empirically examines factors associated with the degree of information overload as well as how people perceive the amount of time required to consume information across a broad spectrum of news and information platforms. The findings reveal the majority of today’s news and information consumers feel overloaded with the amount of news they are confronted with. Gender, news interest, and the use of specific news platforms and outlets predict the degree of that overload. Additionally, consumers distinguish news platforms by the perceived time required to consume news items on those platforms. Implications for media psychology, news consumption, and evolving mass media production models are discussed. Keywords Information overload, information surplus, multiplatform news consumption, attention economy, social networking site, media psychology, digital media, mass media

Authors: Holton, Avery. and Chyi, H. Iris.
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Information Overload and the Factor of Time 
Information Overload and the Factor of Time: 
Considerations of content surplus and mass media platform deliveries 
With more information spilling onto the Internet, more people are feeling overloaded by 
the amount of available content. This is an especially critical issue for mass media 
producers who seek captive consumers for financial sustainability—consumers who may 
not necessarily find more information desirable. This study explores novel areas of 
information overload, specifically with regard to news and information, and empirically 
examines factors associated with the degree of information overload as well as how 
people perceive the amount of time required to consume information across a broad 
spectrum of news and information platforms. The findings reveal the majority of today’s 
news and information consumers feel overloaded with the amount of news they are 
confronted with. Gender, news interest, and the use of specific news platforms and outlets 
predict the degree of that overload. Additionally, consumers distinguish news platforms 
by the perceived time required to consume news items on those platforms. Implications 
for media psychology, news consumption, and evolving mass media production models 
are discussed. 
Information overload, information surplus, multiplatform news consumption, attention 
economy, social networking site, media psychology, digital media, mass media 

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