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    Study Says Email Hurts IQ More than Marijuana Use

    Wonder how much longer it will be until they release the results of the study of message board users?

    http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/europe....iq/index.html
    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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    Re: Study Says Email Hurts IQ More than Marijuana Use

    Guess I'm an email head then
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    Re: Study Says Email Hurts IQ More than Marijuana Use

    How do you sign up for this test?
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    Re: Study Says Email Hurts IQ More than Marijuana Use

    This is your brain on drugs



    This is your brain on email

    "But I do know Joey's sister indirectly (or foster sister) and I have heard stories of Joey being into shopping, designer wear, fancy coffees, and pedicures."

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    Re: Study Says Email Hurts IQ More than Marijuana Use

    Is it a bad thing to do both at the same time?

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    Re: Study Says Email Hurts IQ More than Marijuana Use

    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.
    12 out of ten people aren't very good at math.

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    Re: Study Says Email Hurts IQ More than Marijuana Use

    Quote Originally Posted by Red Heeler
    12 out of ten people aren't very good at math.
    The author was checking his email while writing the article

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    Re: Study Says Email Hurts IQ More than Marijuana Use

    Maybe 2 out of 10 people fid it acceptable to be rude. Hope they don't find their way into my office.

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    Re: Study Says Email Hurts IQ More than Marijuana Use

    Great news for potheads. I'm sure everyone will now believe that using pot is better for you than using e-mail.


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