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Hi Laura! All people have limited resources- whether they experience poverty bandwidth or not- to deal with complex decisions and the huge amount of information we encounter every day. As a result, we develop mental shortcuts, called heuristics, to deal with the complexity. The use of heuristics can be adaptive as the resulting decisions are effecient and are generally good enough. However, they can also be maladaptive. Bandwidth poverty affects both the complex decisions we make and our heuristic models because it makes us more focused on present needs and stresses our minds, emotionally and cognitvely.