Sunday, June 26, 2005

University of London Study: How to Lower Your I.Q. by 10 Points

Have you been feeling a little stupid lately? It may not be your imagination. A University of London study concludes: Emails, text messages, and phone messages can be hazardous to your ability to reason.

Respondents' minds were all over the place as they faced new questions and challenges every time an email dropped into their inbox.

The most damage was done, according to the survey, by the almost complete lack of discipline in handling emails. Dr Wilson [Dr. Glenn Wilson, who carried out the research] and his colleagues found a compulsion to reply to each new message, leading to constant changes of direction which inevitably tired and slowed down the brain.

The solution? Get a grip. Don't feel compelled to interrupt current projects to answer emails or text messages immediately unless they require an immediate response. You might just start feeling a little smarter again. Dr. Wilson offers his advice to employers: "Companies should encourage a more balanced and appropriate way of working."

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13 Comments:

At 3:22 PM, Blogger kyndra said...

I agree that e-mails and text messaging can be distracting and inable you to focus. There have been countless times where I have been in class and recieved a text message, answered it, and was confused when I went back to the lecture.

 
At 9:55 PM, Blogger Jennifer C. said...

I agree. I hate when people distract me during a class. I can never pick up in the lecture where I left off.

 
At 9:49 AM, Blogger ElaineH said...

I agree that text messaging is a distraction especially in class. I hate it when the phone rings during class and the music is blaring off which is a big distraction. Don't forget to put the phone on silent. How hard is that to remember?

 
At 2:29 PM, Blogger Niesha said...

I think that watching too much television can also lower your I.Q. by a few points if not more. I try to do other things to exercise my mind like reading, looking at the world abstractedly, and engaging in conversations about subjects that interest me.

 
At 9:24 PM, Blogger nadia said...

I agree, emails and text messaging can be distracting, especially when they are not of any importance. But we can't put all the blame on that because we let them disrtact us, instead of putting your phone on silent in class we put them on vibrate or even worse we leave the ringer on.

 
At 6:42 AM, Blogger tasha said...

This was an interesting little fact, but it makes since. I have done that before, and now I know Im just making myself dumb! Thanks.

 
At 9:32 AM, Blogger Vince said...

I could also agree that e-mail and all other forms of disrutive technological communication devices could put a severe damper on your thinking skills as well as your communication ability. What I am trying to say is that people need to concentrate on one task at a time. I do understand that multi-tasking is cool and fun and very nice to do from time to time, but speaking from experience I think we all need to slow down. For example a co-worker of mine tries to multi-task and ends up screwing everything up and the rest of us end up going back and fixing her mess! If she would just put the cell phone down then she would be able to do her job correctly.

 
At 10:33 AM, Blogger Alyson S. said...

I seem to agree with elaineh. Leave your phone on silent in your purse, and there would be no distraction.

 
At 7:02 AM, Blogger Jon62486 said...

I believe it. My sister is always doing that kind of stuff and she seems to be getting slower everyday.

 
At 6:55 PM, Blogger biomechanique said...

I ditched my beeper back in 2001!

I hate cell phones, and people yacking away on them when they are supposed to be driving.

And the invasion of privacy with those cam phones.

Email is kind of irritating too, but I'm lucky that i don't have that many to deal with.

 
At 2:27 PM, Blogger Sara Humphrey said...

I can see how they can be distracting but I am very multitaskful person. Reguardless of texting or email in class for example, I still hear the leacture. Like right now for instance, I am blogging, instant messaging, checking email, keeping an eye out on my son and have had not a single problem. I think it is a personal charastic thing that should not be generalized but based on individual capabilties.

 
At 2:08 AM, Blogger Jennifer Krock said...

I also agree!! Whenever I study I even turn my phone off because I don't want anyone to bother me!

 
At 11:18 AM, Blogger mcerda said...

I agree to a certain extent. If I am studying or eating then I don't like to answer my text or phone calls. It is nice, however, to recieve cute little comments from you significant other to put a smile on your face and know they are thinking about you. I think it'll only distract you if you let it, or possibly over do it.

 

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