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Stoned on e-mail

By deepsand ·
Stoned On E-mail

By , InternetWeek
May 4, 2005 (2:49 PM)
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Using e-mail and other messaging technologies excessively can lower your IQ as much as if you smoked some weed, according to recent research sponsored by Hewlett-Packard.
According to researchers at the University of London Institute of Psychiatry, there's a serious "Info-Mania" problem among British workers, who are so addicted to constantly checking e-mail and text messages during meetings, in the evening, and on weekends that their IQs fall by 10 points.

That's more than double the four-point plummet seen in studies done on the impact of smoking marijuana, the researchers said, and equal to the affect of missing a night of sleep.

"This is a very real and widespread phenomenon," said Dr. Glenn Wilson, a psychologist with the Institute, in a statement. "We've found that Info-Mania, if unchecked, will damage a worker's performance by reducing their mental sharpness."

An accompanying survey of 1,100 Britons commissioned by HP found that 62 percent were addicted to checking messages out of office hours and while on vacation. Half of them responded to an e-mail within an hour, and one in five said they were "happy" to interrupt a business meeting or social gathering to respond to an e-mail or telephone message.

The distractions not only dull workers' intelligence, but irk other workers, said the survey and the study. Nearly nine out of ten said that colleagues who answer e-mails, text, or phone messages in a face to face meeting are "extremely rude."

"We are in danger of being caught up in a 24 hour 'always on' society," said David Smith, of HP's U.K. division, in a statement. "This is more worrying when you consider the potential impairment on performance and concentration for workers, and the consequent impact on businesses.

HP's posted a guide to spotting Info-Maniacs, and putting a stop to the problem; it's in PDF format and can be downloaded from the U.K. web site of Hewlett-Packard.

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That explains Neil at least

by jdclyde In reply to Stoned on e-mail

Give me the 4% over 24/7 connections anyday.

Hey Neil, who loves ya baby?

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(Dignified silence)

by neilb@uk In reply to That explains Neil at lea ...
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Neil you're not getting off that easy

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to (Dignified silence)

After all you are contributing to keeping that monster of the EL thread going.

Surely that would have to indicate at least a 35 point drop in your IQ.

And then claiming you are expecting it to reach critical mass surely indicates another 58 point drop in your IQ. :)

Then looking forward to the resulting problems as they arise must indicate another 20 point drop. :)

So just from posting here on TR we can deduce a very minimum 113 point drop in your IQ so assuming that you where fairly adverage somewhere around the 145 point mark that there fore reduces you to somewhere around the 32 point IQ measuring yard stick that means you are at the upper end of being a slobbering idiot that can do nothing more than work IT just like the rest of us all.

Col ]:)

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Oh! And you're Mr Innocent in this, hey?

by neilb@uk In reply to Neil you're not getting o ...

EL Post 1925 of 2013 from a certain Mr HAL 9000. Any relation?

Anyway, I'm trying not to post on it again so see you don't, either.

But it's hard. MrMiami has buggered off for the moment but Dawg is promising new revelations. All I can do is try not to give in...


p.s. Yep. Slobbering idiot working in IT sounds like you've got me summed up.

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Neil are you

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Oh! And you're Mr Innocen ...

Spoofing my TR account again?

How dare you use my alias to post on the EL thread and then blame me for doing it! Do I have to report you to the TR Management again?

Actually how old is that 1925 Post? I take it that was the number it was posted at and not the year? Although that thing has run soooooooo Long it could be either!

Incidentally what was the 1925 post about I don't go there as it makes my Broadband connection look like a dial up connection and everything is now miles toooooooooo SLOW!

Col ]:)

By the way on my last IQ test I scored 2 for getting my name spelled right and it was typed on the paper anyway I think that they awarded me that rating for accepting the right bit of paper.

Not bad when you consider that prior to starting working IT I was getting 180 in every IQ Test that I was forced to do. Now that must tell you something mustn't it?

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OK 10 minutes latter

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Oh! And you're Mr Innocen ...

Neil you are truly an evil SOB and I suppose you know it don't you? :)

Making me open up Fire fox to have a look at what you where talking about.

Now just who is it that has been suggesting that I'm actually ProtusX? and more to the point why are you spoofing my TR account to make out that I'm still involved in that silly thread that started over 6 months ago?

Yes I did get involved at the very start and even continued on just to see what Gret posted as I found her insights very thought provoking but since I've been reduced to a slobbering Idiot my attention span isn't as long as that monster has been running.

Now would you kindly cease and desist from spoofing my account to make postings to that out of control monster?

Col ]:)

OH YES I am the innocent party to this just ask my wife she'll confirm that I can not hold my attention on something for so long.

If you would like to send me your E-Mail address through the Peer Listings I have something that you will probably like. But I need your actual E-Mail address for the JPEG image. ]:)

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Post numbers change.

by deepsand In reply to Oh! And you're Mr Innocen ...

The post numbers are not static; they change, as other posts are added.

They are dynamic links that are regularly re-indexed.

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Don't make excuses for him!

by neilb@uk In reply to Post numbers change.

I had him on the back foot there! It's all part of the mice cabal, isn't it!


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by deepsand In reply to Don't make excuses for hi ...

Getting a wee bit paranoid, are we?

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No excuses needed Neil!

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Don't make excuses for hi ...

But what where you doing spoofing my TR account to place postings on the EL thread.

I thought you said you where a scientist and not an IT guy.

You are learning way to fast for your own good so CEASE AND DESIST NOW before any permanent damage is done.

Col ]:)

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