Why are we all so stressed out? In 2004, a game-changing book entitled The Paradox of Choice came out with an answer to that question. The author, a social scientist, writes about how much of our stress and anxiety today can be traced to the fact that we just have too many choices.
Nowhere is that truer than in digital TV. I thought we had too many channels before on cable. So many stations—nothing to watch. Now with Dish and DVR and Apple TV, it’s as if an octopus’s eight tentacles each grew eight tentacles. Netflix. HBO. Hulu.