Vice Squad
Friday, April 22, 2005
 
The Cognitive Impact of E-Mail Addiction


Various activities can temporarily diminish your mental acuity. One of these is smoking marijuana. Another is constantly being on the alert for e-mail and text messages. Turns out that the techno-addicts see a larger drop in cognitive skills than do the tokers:
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.
The IQ costs of e-mania are even higher among male addicts. Whatever we do, let's make sure that this Dr. Wilson fellow does not replicate his experiment on bloggers.

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