Modern life causes brain overload, study finds

The wealth of media in modern life means the average person is bombarded with enough information every day to overload a laptop computer, a study has found.

By / 13 Dec 2009/


Through email, the internet, television and other media, people are deluged with around 100,500 words a day – equivalent to 23 words per second, researchers claim.

Scientists from the University of San Diego, California, who conducted the research, believe that the information overload may be having a detrimental effect on our brains.

They claim that the strain of processing so much data means we are becoming disconnected from other people and developing shorter attention spans.

Roger Bohn, co-author of the study called How Much Information, said: “I think one thing is clear: our attention is being chopped into shorter intervals and that is probably not good for thinking deeper thoughts.”

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