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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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Rooool another one, ...

by deepsand In reply to Ha Ha Ha!!!!
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Easy Rider Mouse.

by deepsand In reply to Dude

Pass it over to me.

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The remedy:

by Dr Dij In reply to Stoned on e-mail

they need to leave the office, go down to the local pub, guzzle some Guiness. I'm sure that would not dissolve some brain cells. Or play that game where they run around without helmets and get whacked on the head (cricket?).

Or switch to watching eBay auctions or sending jokes to co-workers all day. Wait, I've got it: post to TR all day. Of course the 'multi-colored vapor' coming off the EL thread might be hazardous to your mental health? Why read a book on science, God created it all and there's no point knowing about it :0

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Bloody Hell can I not get away from that

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to The remedy:

Festering mongrel that should have been put down months ago.

Now it is invading every discussion that I drop in on of course it must be something to do with Neil being involved in this one as he has brought it with him in an attempt for it to gather some new input in its attempt to become self aware. :)

We all know what is going to happen I only hope that ProtusX is at Ground Zero on the first strike of Skynet as it attempts to make some kind of sense out of all its parts. Of course it is by now totally Psychotic and way beyond any form of help if only we could kill it before it spreads.

Col ]:)

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I gotz me edumakashun froo e-mailing mah homees

by Why Me Worry? In reply to Stoned on e-mail

ya dig niggaz?

I be e-mailin and sh*t and getin mah high skool diploma so I can getz me a job at da mcdonalds

muffugin crackas always keepin da bruddahs down and sh*t

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Racial slurs are relevant because ...?

by deepsand In reply to I gotz me edumakashun fro ...
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by Dwiebles In reply to Racial slurs are relevant ...

I gotta say, poor taste.

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Damn..chill out people! this was meant as humor

by Why Me Worry? In reply to Racial slurs are relevant ...

for crying out loud..why is everyone so **** and uptight on TR? these geeks need to get out more and laugh once in a while

My post may have been in poor taste, but this is a good example of the dumbing down of our youth and how they speak these days

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Why run the risk ...

by deepsand In reply to Damn..chill out people! ...

offending other members in this manner?

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Offended? are people that **** they can't take a joke?

by Why Me Worry? In reply to Why run the risk ...

come on, I'm sure everyone got a good laugh out of it..otherwise, you'd see people posting nasty replies to it

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