E-Mail is bad for your brain

Saturday, April 23rd, 2005
It's not only bad for your productivity, it may also be bad for your health.

We all know how disruptive repeatedly checking your e-mail can be. Did you know that reading too much e-mail, too often, can lower your IQ, too?

CNN reports  that according to Dr. Glenn Wilson, a psychiatrist at King's College London University, constantly reading email is costing you a loss of productivity (we knew that) and possibly a few IQ points.

... the IQ of those who tried to juggle messages and work fell by 10 points -- the equivalent to missing a whole night's sleep and more than double the 4-point fall seen after smoking marijuana.
"This is a very real and widespread phenomenon," Wilson said. "We have found that this obsession with looking at messages, if unchecked, will damage a worker's performance by reducing their mental sharpness.
You can tell everyone that you aren't going to be checking your e-mail but once or twice a day.

I wonder what my IQ is now - adjusted for all of the e-mail I read, of course. Perhaps I don't want to know.

What about reading blogs?

Have a great weekend ... and don't check your e-mail!  

It will still be there on Monday.

Discussion/Comments (2):

E-Mail is bad for your brain

Hmmm. Finally, an explanation of why I'm getting dumber. And here I thought it was apathy and old age.

Posted at 4/23/2005 8:29:38 PM by Randy Charles Morin

E-Mail is bad for your brain

I rarely get enough sleep but I only read my email two or three times a day. Does that mean that it's a tie? If I got more sleep but checked my email more often would my IQ be the same?

If blogs lower your IQ, then I'm really in trouble.

Posted at 4/25/2005 10:01:08 PM by Tanny O'Haley

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