Why Too Much Data Is Stressing Us Out

Posted on November 25, 2015

New research from analysts at ESRI UK has found that a third of us feel stressed due to the increasing amount of digital information we are expected to consume, make sense of, and act on, in our day to day lives.

Many of us can probably relate to the stress of having to prepare for exams by “cramming” as much information into our heads as we can. But increasingly we are being expected to “cram” every day, with information fired at us by emails, phone conversations, videos, news broadcasts and social media.

The study of 1,000 Brits found that over a third (35%) feel that having to keep up with today’s “information overload” leaves them feeling stressed out, unable to relax and anxious. Two thirds (65%) say that the need to keep track of a great deal of information is a “major concern” in their lives.

Put simply, the digital technology has evolved at a far quicker rate than the physical evolution of the brains we use to decipher and put it to use. Our brains aren’t built to cope with the ever increasing volumes of data we are trying to cram into them – and this is leading to brain malfunction in the form of stress.

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Category(s):Stress Management

Source material from Forbes


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