If you are a person who takes pride in all you get done by multitasking, you may not have realized that some kinds of multitasking can lead to emotional issues like depression and anxiety. An article published in CYBERPSYCHOLOGY, BEHAVIOR AND SOCIAL NETWORKING reported on a study on media multitasking by the its leader, Mark Becker, PhD, professor of psychology, Michigan State University, East Lansing. The findings of the study indicate that people who immerse themselves in multiple feeds of information are up to 70% more likely to have symptoms of depression and anxiety than people who do not media multitask. Examples of media multitasking including browsing web sites on your computer while talking on the phone or or sending text messages while watching television.
If you are suffering from either anxiety or depression, see your family physician who may prescribe a medication or refer you to a mental health professional. If you are a media multitasker suffering from depression or anxiety, cut back on all your media technology and use one feed of information at a time. If you need help to cut back on your use of media technology or media multitasking, hypnotherapy can be a valuable tool.