Are We Losing Our Minds?

According to this study:

…excessive day-to-day use of technology — whether it’s sending e-mails or using mobile phones — can be more distracting and harmful to the IQ than smoking marijuana.

“an average worker’s functioning IQ falls 10 points when distracted by ringing telephones and incoming e-mails … more than double the four-point drop seen following studies on the impact of smoking marijuana.”

The report cited a 2002 report on marijuana use by researchers from Carleton University in Ottawa.

The research found that 62 percent of adults are addicted to checking e-mail and text messages. Half of the workers would “respond to an e-mail immediately or within 60 minutes.”

I’d offer some cogent and pungent commentary on the implications of this study, but I forget what we’re talking about.

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