Can Media Multi-tasking be Depressing?

social media bandwagonI’m still feeling the inspiration from the Multidimensional Journalist seminar held at Poynter Institute. There was lots of valuable info on how to improve your social media brand. Not surprisingly, an informal poll found that almost 100 percent of the faculty and professionals in attendance do quite a bit of media multi-tasking, often using a computer while watching television, emailing, tweeting or browsing Facebook while chatting on the phone with friends.

If you find yourself nodding your head in agreement, here’s a reason to think twice about jumping on too many multiple media bandwagons simultaneously. A recent study found those of us who use multiple forms of media at the same time – such as playing a computer game or posting social media while watching TV – are more likely to have symptoms of anxiety and depression. The study was conducted by scientists at Michigan State University. Now, if it won’t make you too moody, you can click on this link to find out more about Multiple Media use and depression. In the meantime, just two more emails to check and one final look at Facebook and I’m powering down my iPhone and iPad for tonight. And no more Angry Birds, at least until tomorrow.


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