Research* published recently indicates that this compulsion to over-accumulate information before making decisions is evident in clinically diagnosed hoarding cases in all areas, not only those related to possessions. This made me think that perhaps TMI acquiring might not only related to decision making…
People who hoard might just fear missing out on knowledge even when they don’t need it to make decisions. I’m just spit-balling here. There isn’t any empirical evidence regarding hoarding and FoMO on information that I know about but I’ve heard clients talk about it (you know who you are *stars*).
I’m not young so I remember sitting in the library until 12 midnight to save on photocopying because academic journals were real and lived in the stacks. Now my library is available 24/7 at home, in Melbourne Australia, and virtually nothing is unattainable.
The volume of information and data that is available to us in our hands via SmartPhones in 2022 is overwhelming. When we’ve been used to saving books, newspaper clippings, and magazine tear sheets to maintain our level of knowledge it’s hard to change. I get it.
We used to need recipe books and encyclopaedias. Now we just need a good search strategy and high-speed internet. It’s difficult to adjust to the new normal. Our brains just can’t keep all that available information straight. Passwords prove that!
Many people who hoard feel compelled to keep up with the huge volume of “new” and “best” information out there whether it’s a new cake recipe or the optimal method for composting.