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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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Paranoid? Me?

by neilb@uk In reply to Don't make excuses for hi ...

I tried calling the Paranoia Helpline but I had to keep ringing off because they were trying to trace my call.

The problem is that I have such low self-esteeem that nobody important is out to get me.

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Silly boy!

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

Don't you realize that the Paranoid Help Line has caller ID so they don't need to trace your call? :) They already have your number right in front of them before they even answer the call.

You are not as sick as we all thought you where.

Col ]:)

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Just prefix your call with "*67", ...

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

"1167" if you are using a rotary phone, and Caller ID will be blocked for that call.

Better yet, for a one-time fee, subscribe to Line Blocking.

Just don't call any Toll Free numbers; ANI overrides Call/Line Blocking.

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But, all those IQ points get ...

by deepsand In reply to Neil you're not getting o ...

transferred to the others in the discussion, so it's a wash.

Actually, considering all the points we got from ippirate, maybe it's a net gain for some of us.

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Postscript. Perhaps that explains why ...

by deepsand In reply to But, all those IQ points ...

ippirate became increasingly irrational over the course of time.

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by CorTech In reply to Stoned on e-mail

Don't bogart the mouse.

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Ha Ha Ha!!!!

by ITgirli In reply to Dude
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And only a select group

by jdclyde In reply to Ha Ha Ha!!!!

will even "get it".

Funny sometimes looses something in translation.

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Soon as I saw the title of your reply

by jdclyde In reply to Mr. Hand

I figured that was what you were going to refer to.

GREAT show. Too bad I can't watch it with my boys yet. 13 is not quite the time for that.

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