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If you've ever felt like you're being relentlessly bombarded with information, you're onto something. And if there's any doubt, I've got the numbers to prove it.
Data varies, but the average person sees between 5,000 and 10,000 advertisements a day. That's up as much as 9,900% from when I was growing up, when that figure was less than 100.
We've been led to believe, or – dare I say "sold on the idea" – that the multitasking enabled by so much information is good for us. We're supposed to be better surgeons, better thinkers, better pilots, better people – heck – better everything because of the connected world.
But it's simply not true. Studies like those from Stanford University's Communication Between Humans and Interactive Media Lab show that it's actually terrible.
Instead, we're learning to ignore information, because that's how our brains protect us. Effectively, we're learning to "sample" lots of things while concentrating on just a very few things.
In the process, we're just as likely as not to miss the critical things that actually matter. The Internet, in all its guises, has made the problem worse – especially when it comes to money.
Investors who fall prey unknowingly risk losing their shirts.
The ongoing trade war with China is a perfect example…
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Keith is a seasoned market analyst and professional trader with more than 37 years of global experience. He is one of very few experts to correctly see both the dot.bomb crisis and the ongoing financial crisis coming ahead of time - and one of even fewer to help millions of investors around the world successfully navigate them both. Forbes hailed him as a "Market Visionary." He is a regular on FOX Business News and Yahoo! Finance, and his observations have been featured in Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, WIRED, and MarketWatch. Keith previously led The Money Map Report, Money Map's flagship newsletter, as Chief Investment Strategist, from 20007 to 2020. Keith holds a BS in management and finance from Skidmore College and an MS in international finance (with a focus on Japanese business science) from Chaminade University. He regularly travels the world in search of investment opportunities others don't yet see or understand.