We all assume that recent technology is going to make us more productive, right? Not necessarily. A recent study conducted by a UK research firm found that the influx of information, including cell phones, email and instant messaging can actually reduce workers IQ more than smoking marijuana. Often the bombardment of calls and interruptions can make people overwhelmed, less efficient and less focused on their tasks.
Although the results varied between men and women, they found that the effects can be as extreme as losing an night’s sleep and IQs levels were seen to drop 10 points as employees got off track! Even if workers don’t answer those calls, just the phone ringing can be distracting to the job at hand.