In more than 80 clinical trials, Dr. Glenn Wilson, a psychiatrist at King’s College London University, found that workers distracted by phone calls, e-mails and text messages suffer a greater loss of IQ than if they’d smoked marijuana.
The IQ of those juggling messages and work fell by an average of 10 points – equivalent to missing a whole night’s sleep and more than double the four-point fall seen after smoking pot. The drop in IQ was even more significant in men.
To keep sharp, resist the urge to check messages continually. Instead, schedule blocks of time throughout the day to retrieve and respond to them.
I always do this — in fact, I spend copious amounts of time making sure I’m set up so that I can always get my messages instantly. Who knew it was actually making me as dumb as a pot head? More good tips in this article, or in the sermon we heard this past weekend!
And speaking of saying no, here’s a good technology driven excuse to cut out the Christmas decorations this year.

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