According to a recent study, the flood of information we receive from the multitude of sources has changed the way people get their news. Is it possible that the feeling we have of information overload is more about how we get our news than the overwhelming volume of news stories?

The study was based on a survey of more than 750 adults, covering their digital information consumption habits, along with their perceptions of information overload. While about a quarter (27 percent) of the respondents did not feel any sense of overload, the remainder reported having some degree of being inundated with information.

Matching technology platforms for meaningful contributions to feeling overwhelmed, the study found that people using computers, e-readers and Facebook showed a positive correlation, while television and the iPhone showed a negative correlation. Other forms of receiving news - such as Twitter, news magazines, and netbooks - did not seem to correlate in any significant way.

What surprised the researchers is that, while Twitter and YouTube have so much content, survey respondents did not feel as overwhelmed by information when using those channels. It turns out that people who tend to follow the news regularly and donít require context have less perceived overload, while more passive types who liked context and background might dive deeper into content and thus lead to more overload.

It may come down to not only how you read the news, but also how you look for it. Using different platforms can produce a different news consumption experience.