Warning: emails and sms endanger your intelligence!

According to a british study, permanent and addictive attachment to the flow of information lowers intelligence and work productivity

If we are to believe a study conducted by british psychologists on behalf of hewlett-packard, then we should probably be more cautious in the use of text messages and e-mails, and more often stop using them altogether, so as not to let our own intelligence drop. If you write and read a lot of emails and text messages, you will have a "infomania" certifies. This could do more harm to the intelligence quotient than regular smoking of pot.

The intelligence quotient is said to drop by an average of four percent among marijuana smokers. The british psychologists from the institute of psychiatry at the university of london claim to have found out in their study that the drop in the number of people seeking information or communication is as high as ten percent.

Being constantly glued to the cell phone or computer and watching the flow of information requires a permanent attention span and resembles an addiction. This has similar consequences to frequent sleep deprivation, the researchers say. Whether the investigation can really be taken seriously, however, must remain an open question. It is unclear, for example, how the alleged decline in the intelligence quotient was determined. It is possible that the fewer "intelligent" only subject to the temptations and stress of being constantly online and available? But titles like emails are worse than drugs, emails ‘pose threat to iq’ or even: "warning: emails and sms endanger your intelligence" are seductive and presumably attract attention, which is probably one of the purposes of the study.

However, the insight into the possible decline in intelligence was only a secondary aspect of the study, which investigated the phenomenon of the "brain drain "infomania", the general addiction to permanently swim along with the information stream. This becomes a problem "infomania" among adult employees, especially among men. For the study, however, only 1.100 adults and no adolescents surveyed. In addition, 80 volunteers underwent tests.

62 percent of respondents said they constantly check email and text messages and respond to work-related messages in their free time and on vacation. Half of them said they would answer an email immediately, and one fifth would interrupt a meeting or a meal to do so. And 90 percent said that colleagues who answered a text message or email during a conversation were very rude. At the same time, however, a third said that this could still be done and that this also demonstrated efficient conduct.

The decline of intelligence is, according to psychologists, caused by the "always on"-technology with caused. This leads to the fact that the people are constantly distracted from their occupations, which require concentration. Your attention is certainly always on standby to react quickly. The resulting multitasking, which creates distractions even during business meetings or other conversations, lowers productivity and reduces participation in social life.

Employers should take care, says psychologist glenn wilson, that employees find a different style of work, which "infomania" does not demand. If employees are given information and communication tools to be available at all times, guidelines for their use also had to be established so as not to increase the burden unnecessarily. He suggests, for example, reading emails and text messages during idle time or work breaks, such as when riding public transportation, and turning off devices when meetings are taking place.

The impairment lasts only as long as the distraction. But one has to ask whether our current obsession with constant communication can damage concentration and mental performance in the long run.

Glenn wilson

David smith of hewlett packard comments that according to the studies, there is a danger that we will end up in a society that is active around the clock. This is also worrisome, he said, because it threatens people’s performance and concentration, and thus damages the economy. Hewlett packard, however, was also producing such technology, but that was like launching a car that could drive 200 kilometers per hour and at the same time requiring drivers to use it only within the speed limit: people had to, the conclusion goes, leaving everything as it was, just use the always-on technology, which also brings productivity benefits, responsibly. However, the example of driving in terms of drivers and industry was hardly allowed to convince in this context.

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