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Friday, May 13, 2005

Email 10, Pot 4

Posted by: Hammer / 10:44 AM

CNN has an article straight outta High Times:
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....

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 story makes me wonder two things. One, how many thousands of volunteers did they have to attend work stoned? Two, how many IQ points do I lose by blogging from work? And, I guess, three -- if I blog and email at work, am I so smart that I can do my job even if I'm losing 20 IQ points to other tasks or do I basically have a job any clean-shaven ape could do? Oops, question 4 -- does emailing a lot make a chimichalupe taste really, really good?


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