Friday, March 14, 2008

Disconnection Anxiety Reseach

A must-read research report, in PDF, courtesy of classfellow L.H., on 'Disconnection Anxiety': I love the title of an article on the report from the engadget blog -- "68% of Americans suffer disconnection anxiety, should probably go outside." Brilliant deduction, Holmes!
The study used research collected on almost 5,000 people over two years, and found that feelings of "disconnect anxiety" affected people of all ages, triggering sentiments like "dazed," "disoriented," "tense," "inadequate" and even "panic." Interestingly, however, the reasons for disconnect anxiety changed as subjects got older -- teens and young adults worried about social communications being cut off, while older adults mostly fretted over work and safety issues.

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