Don’t Read This Post!

DON’T READ THIS POST!….Here’s an interesting tidbit of pseudo-information:

Workers distracted by phone calls, e-mails and text messages suffer a greater loss of IQ than a person smoking marijuana, a British study shows.

….In 80 clinical trials, Dr. Glenn Wilson, a psychiatrist at King’s College London University, monitored the IQ of workers throughout the day.

He found 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.

….Wilson said the IQ drop was even more significant in the men who took part in the tests.

OK, I’ll buy that. But what I want to know is this: how did they manage to monitor IQ “throughout the day”? Electrodes? Quickie IQ tests every hour? Remote gigawatt powered MRI machines?

And if email reduces your IQ by ten points, I wonder what blogging does?

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