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Too much choice causes depression

From the foods we eat to the TV channels we watch and the career we pursue, life has given us so much variety. But, this freedom of choice can cause depression, says a new study.

world Updated: Jan 22, 2010 23:52 IST

From the foods we eat to the TV channels we watch and the career we pursue, life has given us so much variety. But, this freedom of choice can cause depression, says a new study.

Researchers have carried out the study and found that while the ability to choose is generally a good thing too much freedom of choice is actually crippling people with indecision and making them unhappy.

According to the researchers, the problem is that when people have too much choice, they become obsessed about what the decision will say about them.

Choice can also foster selfishness and a lack of empathy because the focus is on personal preferences, at the expense of what is good for society, The Daily Telegraph reported.

Lead author Prof Hazel Rose Markus of Stanford University said: “We cannot assume that choice... is a universal aspiration, and that the provision of choice will necessarily foster freedom and well-being.”