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Information overload no big deal for people, says study

Researchers at Northwestern University found in a focus-group that very few people are stressed out or overwhelmed by an overload of information.

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A new study shows that people are not worried about so-called information overload. (Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images)

Information overload is said to be the plague of our age.

However, a new study has found that few people worry about too much information and its affect 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 Psych Central.

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.”

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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.

Volunteers did have a lot of criticism for the news media, however, particularly of cable news and the triviality of a lot of news, said Psych Central.

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