Multi-tasking worse than marijuana intoxication

Found via LifeHacker: The Institute of Psychiatry at King’s college London, according to Discover Magazine, found that people constantly interrupted by e-mails and instant messages did worse in a controlled test than those intoxicated by marijuana. The author said: “The IQ loss also turns out to be temporary. Remove the multitasking requirement, and test scores jump back to normal.” The advice: “The trick is separating periods when you need to focus diligently from periods when you’re happy to be following multiple threads-the difference between old-fashioned paying attention and what multimedia pioneer Linda Stone calls “continuous partial attention.”

By Max Limpag

Max is a journalist and blogger based in Cebu City, Philippines. He is co-founder of the journalism start-up InnoPub Media.