Has information overload affected your mental health? With the advent of the world wide web we all have a wealth of information at our fingertips anytime we want it. This can be a good thing. Knowledge is power.However it can also be a hindrance. Too much time spent surfing for data can be overwhelming and increase feelings of depression and /or anxiety.  Sometimes, conflicting information on how to deal with mental health challenges can be found. Additionally, other people’s stories and struggles can become a weight on us. Stories can be inspiring, but  too much, can overload and be upsetting.

You can prevent or decrease information overload, by:

  • Limiting your time online
  • Establishing a purpose for being online and sticking to activities that match that reason
  • Dealing with a flood of information, some conflicting, by writing down a few “facts” for later consideration (and maybe further online searching) then putting it aside

The online world offers many benefits. When you take steps to buffer yourself against information overload, your experience will be less overwhelming and more mentally healthy.