As discussed in the first article this month, the ubiquitous flow of information from a multitude of devices would seem to inundate the average American. However, according to a study earlier this year from Northwestern University, this may not be the case.

In fact, the researchers discovered that, despite the plethora of devices and news flow in a 24/7 news environment, very few Americans seem stressed over the increased flow of information. Actually, the higher volume of information available made people feel more empowered and enthusiastic.

According to the study, online news was regarded in a more positive light than television news, and cable TV news was criticized for being too sensational and repetitive. People did tend to get frustrated by trivial social media posts and opinionated political pundits more a comment on the quality of information as opposed to quantity.

Those who did report feeling frustrated with the quantity of information tended to be less technologically savvy and, as a result, experienced more difficulty navigating the social media and digital platforms. It seems that most people are gravitating to a specific channel or two to receive their news and having more options gives them a better handle on how they get their information and the frequency in which they receive it.