Do you suffer from "infobesity"? Symptoms include stress and very little job satisfaction

A recent survey claims that more and more office workers in Britain are being affected by a wave of "infobesity".

Microsoft UK's research has suggested that an over-consumption of data is affecting workers' health and efficiency in the office. According to the data collected, infobesity is regularly experienced by 55 per cent of British office workers, with 34 per cent claiming that the amount of information they face at work leaves them feeling overwhelmed.

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This also translates over to the mobile side, with 40 per cent of people using phones and tablets for work commitments admitting that the fear of missing an important message leaves them feeling under constant pressure to check their device. This pressure is then amplified by the burden of having to offer an immediate response, a feeling experienced by 45 per cent of people.

Perhaps the most significant figure is that the torrent of information now available is said to negatively impact health, wellbeing and job satisfaction in around 30 per cent of cases.

Microsoft's chief envisioning officer, Dave Coplin, has penned a book on the subject and believes that businesses are tackling data incorrectly. He suggests that technology should play a more prominent role in the filtering and analysing of information so that workers are left with more manageable loads.

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Coplin also tackles the modern culture of constant connectivity. "The whole point of technology is knowing when to turn it off to give you room to think or relax, and when to turn it on to help you be more effective in your role," he said.