Dangerous situations
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Dangerous situations : What are the main ones ?

While statistics (numbers of suicides, amount of medication and deaths by burn-out) are reflecting a vertiginous rise of exposure rates, EPD theory has isolated the causes of this pandemic. According to the Maximum Information Intake (MII) theory, this situation is the result of an overload in the amount of information processed. Although a large share of responsibility is attributable to modern globalization and digitalization, there are clearly other triggers such as unsuitable social practices (for instance, couple relationships) and the contagious nature of EPD. Furthermore, the usual moderating factors (sleep, religion…) tend to disappear. Below is a quick overview of the most devastating hazards present in everyday life.

1/ “Man is a wolf to Man”

- Contagion and couple relationships

image The violence and intensity of human relations is often not acknowledged. In our cultures, professional coercion or familial existentialism are usually seen as “normal”. The extreme contagiousness of psychological states (see BMJ study: Fowler, J. and Christakis, N., «Dynamic spread of happiness in a large social network : longitudinal analysis over 20 years in the Framingham Heart Study», BMJ, 12/05/2008) means that human interaction can have a nefarious impact on each individual’s rate of EPD.
The couple: permanent and exclusive (monogamy) for cultural reasons, the Western couple institution is by nature incompatible with the current multiplication of contacts and places, and with our very nature of mammals. It is therefore the most widespread cause of psychological disaster. In spite of the findings of neuroscientists, it remains a hardly challenged social norm (see our special study on the couple and relationships).

2/ Too many things !

- Every objects, files, contacts and activities

image In the last decade, the number of information processed by an average Western person has been multiplied by a hundred. Industrialization has flooded our everyday lives with objects, whose number has skyrocketed with the digital age (files, mp3s and photos). The economic growth has imposed an optimization of individual lives. Each urban one has seen the number of activities, trips, contacts and units of information they are required to process shoot up. Lots of studies (as Dumbar's on group size limit, are now proving the bad effect of this proliferation.

3/ Everywhere, all the time with everybody

- Travel, social networks, telecommunications

image When they occurred, the invention of writing, phones or mechanical transportation means caused an important upsurge in EPD. This was however insignificant in comparison with the boom caused by the introduction of TV followed by that of the Internet. This amplification of individual worlds reached a paroxysm more recently with the spread of social networks. According to EPD theory, this plague will lead to the extinction of humanity. Here is an explicit map of the digital dangers by Ludwig Zeller.

4/ The disappearance of moderating factors

image Over the last fifty years, laughing time has been divided by ten. Sleeping time has reduced by a third while time for walking, being alone or praying has shrunk to almost nothing. There are no moderators left to counter the exponentially growing amount of information we are exposed to. Nothing is left to stop the vertiginous acceleration of the rate of EPD.
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