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Old 04-22-2005, 02:09 PM   #1
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E-mails 'hurt IQ more than pot'



LONDON, England -- Workers distracted by phone calls, e-mails and text messages suffer a greater loss of IQ than a person smoking marijuana, a British study shows.

The constant interruptions reduce productivity and leave people feeling tired and lethargic, according to a survey carried out by TNS Research and commissioned by Hewlett Packard.

The survey of 1,100 Britons showed:


Almost two out three people check their electronic messages out of office hours and when on holiday

Half of all workers respond to an e-mail within 60 minutes of receiving one

One in five will break off from a business or social engagement to respond to a message.

Nine out of 10 people thought colleagues who answered messages during face-to-face meetings were rude, while three out of 10 believed it was not only acceptable, but a sign of diligence and efficiency.
But the mental impact of trying to balance a steady inflow of messages with getting on with normal work took its toll, the UK's Press Association reported.

In 80 clinical trials, Dr. Glenn Wilson, a psychiatrist at King's College London University, monitored the IQ of workers throughout the day.

He found the IQ of those who tried to juggle messages and work fell by 10 points -- the equivalent to missing a whole night's sleep and more than double the 4-point fall seen after smoking marijuana.

"This is a very real and widespread phenomenon," Wilson said. "We have found that this obsession with looking at messages, if unchecked, will damage a worker's performance by reducing their mental sharpness.

"Companies should encourage a more balanced and appropriate way of working."

Wilson said the IQ drop was even more significant in the men who took part in the tests.

"The research suggests that we are in danger of being caught up in a 24-hour 'always on' society," said David Smith of Hewlett Packard.

"This is more worrying when you consider the potential impairment on performance and concentration for workers, and the consequent impact on businesses."
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I'm not at all suprised. I knew mobile phones were evil.

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What do you think blue crack does to us???
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i spend my days watching footage on fast-forward looking for key shots. and drinking coffee. and smoking blue crack.

i have no attention span anymore, in fact i ... hey, let's go ride bikes!
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I don't doubt this at all. Since I've had my current position (where I spend around 6 hours a day on the computer), I have noticed that I've been having a short attent.............wait, what were we talking about again?
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I've found that email, txt messaging, and voice mails have not only killed brain cells but has also really cut into my pot smoking time.
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That is the worst! We are using the internet for messages AND we are on "crack"!!!
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I have smoked marijuana while checking and responding to emails and blue crack threads at home and there is nothing wrong with me. I can't wait for dinner. Did anyone see Survivor last night? My new haircut rocks.
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My concentration has always been terrible. The thing that got me through school was my memory, which is almost photographic. I have to say that the Internet has probably made my concentration even worse if that's possible.
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I've been finding it harder to construct intelligent uh.....those things....a bunch of words put together....oh yeah....sentences.

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the other day I dropped a book on the floor in class, and immediately thought "ctrl Z"...it's made me so lazy I think I can reverse things with an internet command!

I also say "lol" alot in speech...

I've never smoked pot though, so I can't compare...

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See? We should all smoke more pot.
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Message to employers: Ban email, provide good grass. A stoned workforce is a happy workforce.
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Computers definitely destroy your attention span

Most of the e-mail I get is spam anyway, but just surfing the net in general does it. I'm not a pot smoker, never have been, but certain things about certain sites can probably damage one's brain. It can even cause emotional distress

One thing that drives me crazy is how people are so addicted to their cell phones-they should be banned at certain times and places.
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