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New Study Finds… There Are TOO MANY Studies!

21st Century Wire says…

As funny as this headline is, this could actually prove to be damaging to humanity’s development.

A new paper, entitled ‘Attention Decay in Science‘, has concluded that the ‘exponential growth in the number of scientific papers makes it increasingly difficult for researchers to keep track of all the publications relevant to their work’.

Could this possibly damage the extent to which research can be viable? There are only so many hours in a day and this vast amount of information simply cannot be consumed. How can search engine technology be used and developed further to help solve this problem?

Associate Editor for 21WIRE, Stuart J. Hooper explains, “This problem shouldn’t be thought of as exclusive to the natural sciences. Social science, political science in particular, also has quite literally an endless stream of research papers. Critiques become critiques of other critiques, and obscure theories and ideas tend to garner attention just because they are so different from everything else. The problem is they are not always useful.”

Outside of academia, look to your Facebook, Twitter, Youtube or Instagram to see a similar trend of ‘exponential growth’ in content. Is it necessary to begin streamlining the amount of things we pay attention to?

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There are too many studies, new study finds

The Independent

Science is drowning in studies, and it took a study to expose it.

In a paper entitled ‘Attention decay in science‘, professors from universities in Finland and California conclude that “the exponential growth in the number of scientific papers makes it increasingly difficult for researchers to keep track of all the publications relevant to their work.

“Consequently,” the say, “the attention that can be devoted to individual papers, measured by their citation counts, is bound to decay rapidly.”

While this particular study relates to the booming number of academic papers and journals, it’s a trend we can probably all relate to.

Continue reading the full story on The Independent

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