sábado, abril 23, 2005

El correo electrónico atonta a las masas

Que a alguien se le haya ocurrido hacer un estudio sobre esto me parece tremendo, aunque los resultados y la metodología quizás sean imperfectos. Pero la cosa se las trae:

LONDON, England -- Workers distracted by phone calls, e-mails and text messages suffer a greater loss of IQ than a person smoking marijuana, a British study shows.

The constant interruptions reduce productivity and leave people feeling tired and lethargic, according to a survey carried out by TNS Research and commissioned by Hewlett Packard.(...)

But the mental impact of trying to balance a steady inflow of messages with getting on with normal work took its toll, the UK's Press Association reported.

In 80 clinical trials, Dr. Glenn Wilson, a psychiatrist at King's College London University, monitored the IQ of workers throughout the day.

He found the IQ of those who tried to juggle messages and work fell by 10 points -- the equivalent to missing a whole night's sleep and more than double the 4-point fall seen after smoking marijuana.(...)

En otras palabras, que es mejor liarse un porro en la oficina que contestar al jefe cuando pide algo por correo electrónico. Nada que no supiéramos.