Americans send mixed messages in the survey about how they feel in a world where news is updated constantly and they can access news all the time. We asked respondents about how the volume of news might play into this: …Compared with five years ago, do you think it is easier or harder to keep up with news and information today?“ Some 55% say it is easier, only 18% say it is harder. One quarter of adults (25%) say there is no difference between now and five years ago.
—Part 1: The news environment in America | Pew Internet & American Life Project
Yet even as they say it is easier to keep up with the news, Americans still feel overwhelmed. Fully 70% agreed with that statement: …The amount of news and information available from different sources today is overwhelming.“ Some 25% …completely agreed“ with that statement and 45% …mostly agreed.“
We asked some of the world’s most prominent futurists to explain why slowness might be as important to the future as speed.