According to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common illness in the U.S. affecting 40 million adults age 18 years and older.
According to a May 2, 2021, news release by the American Psychiatry Association, four in ten Americans (41%) felt more anxious in 2021, than in 2020. An poll of 2,000 adults by the same group in 2018 revealed people aren't finding solace in family, friends, and co-workers. 48% reported feeling anxiety about their relationships. 36% reported they feel extremely anxious about keeping themselves and their families safe. Additionally, more than half reported being particularly anxious about health, safety, finances, and politics.
In an April 27, 2021, article for the Information Overload Research Group, Margie Kiesel wrote, " It is currently estimated that through mobile phones, electronic mail, television, radio, newspapers, books, social media etc people receive about 105,000 words and 34 Gigabytes of information per day. Unfortunately, alot of this information is superficial, manipulated, and biased. People are so inundated and overwhelmed by the deluge of information overload, that they lose the ability to think and feel, to assess what is real and what is fake, what is useful or what is harmful."