‘Obesitas? Infobesitas!’

You’ve probably all heard about obesitas, but never heard of infobesitas. Infobesitas is a ‘disease’ whereby you’ve the fear to miss anything of the great amount of information. Nowadays there are several community platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest etc. which contribute to the infobesitas disease. Perhaps you do it yourself during work or during your lunchbreak: quickly check facebook for news, opening a snapchat, posting a tweet, scrolling through the text messages of WhatsApp. Some are doing it because they are bored, but others might suffer from infobesitas.

The rise of WIFI caused that we as people have a continuous access and a continuous temptation to search/check for new information. The younger generation is more sensitive for stimuli and feedback. Media consumption gets, just as gaming, addictive features.

Yvonne van Sark of Youngworks says that the fear of missing some news has a lot to do with peer pressure: the children are afraid to miss news that all their friends know of. She states that infobesitas has an influence on how a children feels. Research states that someone holds his breath when he opens his e-mail.

Media use and mobile internet are relatively new to the parents. Nearly one on four children gets a mobile phone from their parents between their sixth and eighth year. Fancy parents sometimes send a text message upstairs with the statement that dinner is ready. But on the other hand, parents complain that there is less quality time to talk with each other. Moreover, they complain about their children being easily distracted and having problems with concentrating to finish homework.

The result of infobesitas is fatigue, lack of sleep and concentration problems.

A solution for infobesitas I think could be to remove some applications from your mobile phone, like Facebook. So the only access to Facebook you’ve got left is via the iPad or laptop (which you probably don’t have with you whole day). As mentioned above, people will more socially interact with others as a result of keeping off their mobile phones.

Have you ever heard of infobesitas, and if so, do you suffer from infobesitas? What are the consequences for you in your daily life? How do you think you could resolve your suffering from infobesitas?

Kind regards,

Fabian Overschie, 375226fo

Van Trigt, R. (2010) ‘Infobesitas is nieuwe ziekte’ [online] Available at: http://www.trouw.nl/tr/nl/4324/Nieuws/article/detail/1090359/2010/02/22/Infobesitas-is-nieuwe-ziekte.dhtml [Accessed at: 07-10-2015]


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