The coronavirus pandemic yielded data, a priori, disturbing that go beyond the number of infections and deaths from the disease. More than a year after its irruption, four out of five Argentines feel saturated due to the large amount of information that circulates on the subject.

The cybersecurity company Kaspersky recently published the study “The infodemic and its impact on digital life”, in association with the research company CORPA, with results that locate the Argentina among the countries most affected by stress.

According to the report, Peruvians (61%) were the ones who most increased the news consumption during the pandemic, followed by Chileans (53%), Argentines (52%), Brazilians (51%), Mexicans (51%) and Colombians (45%).

As for the feeling of saturation due to excess information, the data places Colombian users in first place (81%), followed by Argentines (79%), Peruvians (78%), Chileans (77%), Brazilians (67%) and Mexicans (62%).

Argentina registered in the last hours more than 35 thousand infected with Covid-19, among the highest numbers in the world adjusted by population. Photo: EFE.

“The preliminary results of this study reinforce how profound was the impact of the pandemic and social isolation. At the beginning of the confinement we had to learn about the virus and how to protect ourselves and how to adapt to the rules of distancing “, says Dmitry Bestuzhev, Director of the research and analysis team for Latin America at Kaspersky.

“Our research shows that many people felt exhausted by the constant flow of information that sometimes contradicted itself. What we experience is similar to a denial of service attack (DDoS – cyberattack that tries to overload a website / service with multiple accesses) to our brain, which when saturated generates a mental blackout “, highlighted Bestuzhev.

As expected, the issues that caused the most mental overload In Latin American people, they are those related to the daily update of the number of infected and deceased due to the coronavirus (79%), guidelines for the prevention of the virus (47%) and the race for vaccination (40%).

In addition, according to Bestuzhev, given that Covid-19 is a new virus, at the beginning of the pandemic the official information was constantly changing, which led to the creation and propagation of fake news, creating confusion and affecting people’s behavior.

In fact, the report revealed that information overload caused stress (51%), pessimism (41%), anxiety (28%), depression (33%) and discomfort (26%) among Latin Americans, contributing to mental blackout.

Advice and recommendations against the Infodemic

To counteract the brain overload that leads to mental blackout and avoid its consequences, Kaspersky makes a parallel between the routine of real life and virtual activities and offers recommendations:

To maintain a balanced life, it is necessary to manage time to carry out physical activities, eat every four hours and sleep eight hours a day.

In parallel, it is recommended to take this discipline to the virtual world, organizing a period of the day to read news, another to respond to emails and messages. It is also worth using the “watch / read later” function, available on social networks and browsers.

Four out of five Argentines felt overwhelmed by the large amount of information about the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: Shutterstock illustration.

You also have to take advantage of breaks after a period of concentration and intense work. This pause is essential for the brain to rest and prepare to absorb more information.

“Our brain needs to ‘process’ certain information and we need to give you time to react in front of everything that happens every day ”, recommends Bestuzhev.

Finally, the specialists appeal to the “disconnection”. Carrying out vigorous activity for a while has beneficial effects, but too much is bad. As important sleep a minimum of hours In order for the body to relax, the brain also needs a break.

“I suggest that people turn off cell phone notifications for short periods and overnight. This will allow the brain to rest and clear itself, ”concluded the Kaspersky expert.

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