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Yahoo: web causes Information Fatigue Syndrome

63% can't log off for fear of missing out

More than 60 percent of Brits claim that the huge amount of information available on the web is having an adverse effect on their lives, says Yahoo.

A study by the search engine highlighted that 61 percent of workers spend more time logged on today than they did a year ago. However, they're suffering for it as 51 percent of suffers admitted they are suffering from three or more symptoms of 'Information Fatigue Syndrome'. These include feelings of stress, lack of confidence, irritability, anxiety, loss of appetite and insomnia.

"With the explosion of the internet, people are having to sift through increasing volumes of unfiltered information which can have a negative impact on their lives. One by-product of the digital generation is Information Fatigue Syndrome, which is affecting more than half of internet users in the UK," said Kristof Fahy, vice president, Marketing, Yahoo! Europe.

A further 63 percent admitted to believing they may miss out on an opportunity if they log off, while 42 percent claimed they would feel unwanted if they didn't receive regular text messages or emails.

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