Thursday, May 05, 2005
Is Email Worst For You Then Marijuana?
From the May 5, 2005 edition the Wired newsletter: "Remember Reefer Madness, the 1936 anti-pot propaganda flick that warned of marijuana's ability to wreck lives? It might be time for The Evils of E-Mail: A new study claims that addiction to electronic messages is twice as harmful to the intellect as smoking dope. "This is a very real and widespread phenomenon," said Glenn Wilson, a psychiatrist at a British university who measured a 10-point drop in the IQs of people who juggled e-mail throughout the workday. "We have found that this obsession with looking at messages, if unchecked, will damage a worker's performance by reducing their mental sharpness." Getting high shaves a mere four points off a dope fiend's IQ (although nobody's recommending doing bong hits in the company kitchenette)."