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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Technology Overload -- Linked to Depression and Anxiety

Let's face it. We live in the age of technology. It's taking over both our professional and personal lives. And it may be affecting our health as well. Recent research shows a link between excessive use of online technology and depression and anxiety disorders.

Everyone uses computers at work, and there are smart phones that connect us to online information, email, web surfing, and video watching. Many people are virtually addicted to using multiple online devices during their entire waking hours. Although technology keeps us constantly aware of what's going on in the world and with family and friends, excessive use can have unhealthy side affects.

Recent researchers warn that media multitasking, as they call it, can affect your mental health. A study at Michigan State University showed that people who allow themselves to be constantly inundated with information from media sources such as television, music, email, text messaging, and web surfing may suffer from media overload.

Basically, there is only so much the brain can absorb before it begins to overload. It can result in a decrease in your brain’s ability to filter out irrelevant information and ignore distractions, leading to depression and social anxiety. The solution is to avoid media multitasking. Stop watching television and texting at the same time, or surfing on the web and using your smart phone. Give your brain a break and a chance to catch up.
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