Stress 2.0: Social Media Overload among Swiss Teenagers

Christoph Lutz, Giulia Ranzini, Miriam Meckel

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Technostress and information overload are serious challenges of the information age. An alarming number of people exhibit dangerously intensive media consumption, while Internet and mobile phone addictions are a widespread phenomenon. At the same time, new media overexposure among young people is understudied, even more so when social network sites are concerned. Our study explores how feelings of overexposure and stress relate to the self-expressive needs of teenagers, made explicit through their digital interactions. It presents and discusses the results of a large-scale survey conducted during an exhibition on media overload in Berne, Switzerland. A total of 6989 adolescents provided answers on their media overload and stress. Through a quantitative analysis, significant factors fostering and inhibiting SNS overload are found.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStudies in Media and Communication
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NameStudies in Media and Communication


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