We’ve all heard the familiar description of 21st century life: we live in a world where everything is superfast and supersized; we run around dazed and confused by the speed of change; we’re stuck in a haze of hyper-consumerism surrounded by a constant buzz of fervent communication.
And against this backdrop we turn in our millions to organic food, rural escapes and recycled or handmade goods. We are exhausted, we are jaded and we have had enough. Affluenza, they call it.
One of the first casualties of this attack on the flatteringly termed ‘rat race’ is digital media. It fuels the fire, sceptics say. It stresses us out. It gives our kids ADHD. It destroys our social skills and defiles our language.
This story is so well-thumbed it has worn into a cliché. But is it true?
My question is this. Are we over-stimulated?
And in fact – is there even such a thing as too much stimulation?
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