Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Study: Information Overload? Most Americans Like It

Posted By on Tue, Sep 4, 2012 at 9:25 AM

A new study indicates that few people worry about too much information and its effects on their lives.

Researchers at Northwestern University found in a focus group that very few people are stressed out or overwhelmed by an overload of information, said the Psych Central website.

In fact, they found that more information tends to make people feel more empowered.

“We found that the high volume of information available these days seems to make most people feel empowered and enthusiastic,” said Eszter Hargittai, associate professor of communication studies, in the British Psychological Society journal. “People are able to get their news and information from a diverse set of sources and they seem to like having these options.”

The study may have had the strangest volunteers of any study ever recorded.

Researchers found 77 participants from around the country vacationing in Las Vegas. Few of the vacationers said that they felt overwhelmed or mentioned anything about too much information. Psych Central reported that volunteers did have a lot of criticism for the news media, however, particularly of cable news.

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