Couples fight over lots of things, including the TV news. Does she want to change the channel when stories about war and famine, while he’s not bothered by them? It turns out that bad news articles in the media increase women’s sensitivity to stressful situations, but do not have a similar effect on men.

The women who participated in the study that revealed this also had a clearer recollection of the information they had learned. Researcher Marie-France Marin says, "It’s difficult to avoid the news, considering the multitude of news sources out there. And what if all that news was bad for us? It certainly looks like that could be the case."
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Matt Richtel writes in The New York Times that information overload causes a “high” similar to the kind you get with drugs. This makes the news addictive, so people can’t get enough of it. Researchers call this the Always On syndrome.

People who are Always On get frustrated with long-term projects, and thrive on the constant news fixes they get from checking e-mail or voice mail or answering the phone. Some of them even use their Palm Pilots to exchange instant messages with someone else sitting in the same meeting, rather than speak to them directly. They’re into multitasking, like talking on the phone while reading their e-mail.
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Here are the most-read stories on for the month of January:

The story with the highest number of “hits” was Poles Ready to Flip, about how magnetic North and South could reverse any time and the consequences for us.

Most of the next most-read stories were about UFOs, which makes sense because it’s almost impossible to get objective information on this subject anywhere else?on or off the internet. Many of our UFO stories have a lot less verification than we?d like, because the subject is almost completely absent from U.S. news. The only thing more invisible in our media than UFOs is crop circles. For the UFO stories you liked best, keep reading?
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