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Brits Find Technology Overwhelming, BT Recommends Balanced Communication Diet

A new study commissioned by UK telecom giant BT reveals that one in three people are ‘overwhelmed’ by the technology they are surrounded by.

According to the survey, which was carried by the University of Cambridge, people get overwhelmed by the communications technology social networking, texting and email.

The survey, which involved inputs from 1,269 people, revealed that people who felt overwhelmed by the technology are also less satisfied with their lives on the whole. People who are in control of their use of communication platform are a lot more satisfied with their lives.

“Importantly, the research revealed that technology itself is not the problem. Compare it to food. To stay healthy, you need to eat a balanced diet. The same is true when it comes to using technology; you need to find a balance which works for you,” said Gavin Patterson, chief executive of BT Retail.

“To help with this, we are launching the Balanced Communications Diet, our equivalent of the five a day you need to help maintain a healthy relationship with technology,” he added.

BT said that 65 percent of the people that were surveyed preferred having face-to-face conversation with their friends and family while 36 percent adults are taking steps to reduce their use of communication technologies.