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Excess Email & Phone = IQ drop February 27, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Miscellanous, Note2Self, Readings.

What I suspected for the longest time ….

BBC: Friday, 22 April, 2005, 06:29 GMT 07:29 UK
‘Infomania’ worse than marijuana

Workers distracted by email and phone calls suffer a fall in IQ more than twice that found in marijuana smokers, new research has claimed.

The study for computing firm Hewlett Packard warned of a rise in “infomania”, with people becoming addicted to email and text messages.

Researchers found 62% of people checked work messages at home or on holiday.

The firm said new technology can help productivity, but users must learn to switch computers and phones off.

Losing sleep

The study, carried out at the Institute of Psychiatry, found excessive use of technology reduced workers’ intelligence.

Those distracted by incoming email and phone calls saw a 10-point fall in their IQ – more than twice that found in studies of the impact of smoking marijuana, said researchers.

More than half of the 1,100 respondents said they always responded to an email “immediately” or as soon as possible, with 21% admitting they would interrupt a meeting to do so.

The University of London psychologist who carried out the study, Dr Glenn Wilson, told the Daily Mail that unchecked infomania could reduce workers’ mental sharpness.

Those who are constantly breaking away from tasks to react to email or text messages suffer similar effects on the mind as losing a night’s sleep, he said.


1. zewt - February 27, 2007

holy shit… shit shit shit…

no wonder i am getting stupid by the days…

2. Rikey® - February 27, 2007

hmmm… OMG I’m infected as well! nowI must shave my hair bald like Britney and check myself into a Chess Club!

3. youzi - February 27, 2007

how about computer and online? does it affect IQ?

perhaps we must learn to switch off computer and stay alive offline too…

4. elizabethwong - February 27, 2007

I feel stoned most of the time when I’m on the net/phone. I had withdrawal symptoms during CNY/Tee-Am-Net down time.

Now I know why.

5. sam - February 28, 2007

shit. i have a rj45 jack at the back of my neck. ARGH…

6. kittykat46 - February 28, 2007

Hehehe…I’ve suspected that for a long time…. Maybe we should call it “Digital Stoning”
Probably applies to Blogging and Reading/Posting Blog comments as well…

7. bibliobibuli - February 28, 2007

i lost my internet connection for a copule of days and felt as if i’d lost a limb ..

8. claire the cat - March 1, 2007

i live in a country where texting (or sending sms through mobile phones as means of communication) is a national past time. does that mean we’re getting dumber? OMG

heheh. as for emails, i consider them as snail mails/ letters i look forward to receiving.

and yes, i do feel stoned when online. but i like being stoned. 🙂

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