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Email Hurts IQ More Than Pot

A study of distraction caused by email in the UK found that people who do frequent email or SMS suffer a 10-point IQ drop—roughly twice the IQ drop caused by Marijuana. You can read about the story here, but please…

  • May 1, 2005

A study of distraction caused by email in the UK found that people who do frequent email or SMS suffer a 10-point IQ drop—roughly twice the IQ drop caused by Marijuana. You can read about the story here, but please do not forward the link to your friends.

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