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Information Influx Reduces Iq More Than Marijuana
08-13-2006, 03:29 AM,
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Information Influx Reduces Iq More Than Marijuana
'Info-mania' dents IQ more than marijuana

14:32 22 April 2005
NewScientist.com news service
Will Knight

The relentless influx of emails, cellphone calls and instant messages received by modern workers can reduce their IQ by more than smoking marijuana, suggests UK research.

Far from boosting productivity, the constant flow of messages and information can seriously reduce a person's ability to focus on tasks, the study of office workers found.

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.

"If left unchecked, ‘info-mania’ will damage a worker’s performance by reducing their mental sharpness," says Glenn Wilson, a psychiatrist at the University of London, UK, who carried out the study, sponsored by Hewlett-Packard. "This is a very real and widespread phenomenon."
Losing sleep

Wilson adds that working amid a barrage of incoming information can reduce a person's ability to focus as much as losing a night's sleep.

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.

Christopher Kimble, from the University of York, UK, adds that the quality of information contained in communications can also be a major problem for workers.

His own research, carried out within a large multinational company, shows that key employees, such as secretaries and IT support staff, can be particularly affected by misleading or incomplete emails. These increase the time required to complete the task, when a short phone conversation would have been much more efficient.
The belief in 'coincidence' is the prevalent superstition of the Age of Science.

&I don't understand why you're taking such a belligerant tone when you're obviously the ignorant one here. &
-triplesix
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08-30-2006, 12:04 PM, (This post was last modified: 08-30-2006, 12:04 PM by freeon.)
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Information Influx Reduces Iq More Than Marijuana
I'd bet the same holds true for the endless barage of pop-up advertisements that litter the web and television. At least we can counteract them on the web.
&Having raised the earth's temperature 1 degree Fahrenheit in the last three decades, we're facing another increase of 4 degrees over the next century. That would imply changes that constitute practically a different planet. It's not something we can adapt to. We can't let it go on another 10 years like this.& - NASA's Goddard Space Institute Director James Hansen

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09-22-2006, 11:54 PM,
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Information Influx Reduces Iq More Than Marijuana
More tripe from the New Scientologist. :blink:

"infomania" - wooooooooooo. Set me free from my cursed infomania and reduced IQ

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"We are just glorified monkeys in suits.... show me where it's written we should be able to model the cosmos?!" -Terence McKenna, 21st Century Bard
R.I.P-ranks Terence. I miss your take on life.
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09-22-2006, 11:55 PM,
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Information Influx Reduces Iq More Than Marijuana
Where's the nymphomania when you need it.
"We are just glorified monkeys in suits.... show me where it's written we should be able to model the cosmos?!" -Terence McKenna, 21st Century Bard
R.I.P-ranks Terence. I miss your take on life.
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