New Study Confirms That There Are Way Too Many Studies

In the end, it took a study to confirm that we’re getting buried by studies — and it’s impacting the brains of researchers. Some scientists formulated complex equations and concluded that with the new media age comes more material, and with more material comes a decline in our attention towards the important scientific studies.
The authors of the study found that the “decay” in scholars’ attention towards influential studies in their field is speeding up. That means they forget about studies way more quickly than before because of the overwhelming amount of content, not unlike how we forget about that Buzzfeed listicle after we get up from our desk to grab a sandwich. Scientists found that this is because of the “exponential growth in the number of publications, which inevitably accelerates the turnover of papers, due to the finite capacity of scholars to keep track of scientific literature.”
Aside from rubbing in what we’re already worried about all the time—content overload, FOMO, or whatever else you want to call it—the study actually brings up a dangerous possibility: that predominant scholars are forgetting important papers with greater frequency.


  1. dougdigglerMarch 11, 2015

    Ha ha ha. If you think science is too expensive try living in ignorance. Yeah, cut research budgets and eventually you'll be learning Mandarin just to know what you'll be doing at work today.
    How's that austerity workin' out fer ya?

  2. Let's have a meeting to discuss why we have so many meetings. While we are there, we can discuss what we will discuss at the next meeting.

  3. Jerry HamiltonMarch 11, 2015

    You are firstly posting this at the wrong time. Ferguson.
    Secondly, lawyers are often conniving thieving baskets.
    Thirdly, the scales of justice are owned by the highest paid lawyer.
    I can't say get a priest because they believe in make believe.
    You are really going to take on the paramilitary?


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