‘Info-mania’ dents IQ more than marijuana

The near constant interruptions of modern worker can reduce their IQ by more than smoking marijuana.

We're losing out ability to focus.

Eighty volunteers were asked to carry out problem solving tasks, firstly in a quiet environment and then while being bombarded with new emails and phone calls. Although they were told not to respond to any messages, researchers found that their attention was significantly disturbed.

Alarmingly, the average IQ was reduced by 10 points – double the amount seen in studies involving cannabis users. But not everyone was affected by to the same extent – men were twice as distracted as women.

…The study also polled 1100 workers and found many are becoming addicted to modern modes of communications. One in five workers said they would answer messages during a meal or a social engagement, while two thirds admitted to checking emails outside working hours and even on holiday.

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