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Over time, information pollution or the exposure to multiple environmental sources of data leads to the overstimulation of the brain. Neurons get overloaded with data, numbers, deadlines, targets to be met, projects to be completed or simply useless details, and all this unnecessary information can ultimately destroy them. Consequently, a stressed and overloaded brain is at high risk of dementia and other neurodegenerative disorders (Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases).

As if the information we are forced to deal with at work is not enough, we read irrelevant news, magazines, online posts, exposing ourselves to an informational attack. All these scatter a certain general anxiety about the human brain’s ability to deal with so much information when we are sensitively limited.

Although being informed is never bad, the overstimulation of the brain can have the reverse effects. In other words, instead of becoming smarter, our brain’s ability to learn and engage in problem-solving thinking will decrease.

Everything must be done in moderation and so should the absorption of knowledge. Otherwise, it can severely affect our mental and physical well-being in the following ways:

  • Increased blood pressure
  • Low mood or energy
  • A decreased cognitive performance which ultimately affects your decision-making skills
  • Finding it difficult to concentrate
  • Impaired vision
  • Diminished productivity
  • Strong compulsion to check emails, apps, voice mails, etc.
  • Insomnia
  • Vivid dreams
  • Tiredness

All of these are symptoms of digital overload! Now you know the signs, you can start to be more mindful of your thoughts and actions in terms of digital usage and its impact on your physical and mental wellbeing.

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