Put This in Your Pipe
You can file this under the 'Put this in your pipe and smoke it' category. A study coming out of London reveals that our 24x7 e-everything lifestyle may be more harmful to our health than marijauna:
In 80 clinical trials, Dr. Glenn Wilson, a psychiatrist at King's College London University, monitored the IQ of workers throughout the day.Now, having never smoked a joint or done drugs, I have no idea whether it really has this little impact on intelligence (my initial reaction was, "Come on, this has got to be full of crap!" But then I got to thinking - all my knowledge of this issue is the secondhand, non-scientific sort, passed along by people who already have made up their minds: Don't do it! It's bad for you! They are probably right; at the same time, how do we explain the results of "scientific" studies like this? Anyone have firsthand experience in these matters?)
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.
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That said, I have plenty of experience in the other side of the equation. Having worked as a software engineer for the past 14 years though, I know what its like to work 80 hr weeks, do the whole startup thing, etc. It definitely takes a huge toll over the long haul (but its also incredibly addictive as well).
So what have I done about it? Decided to work my way through seminary! Hello?!? What does that say about MY IQ?
The point the article makes about technology is really true - we tend to view it as this "messiah," making our lives better and better. There is, however, a serious "downside" to "always-on"; God designed us to need rest, to need peace and quiet etc.
Up until a 100 years ago, most people went to bed when the sun went down, and got up when it rose; there was a lot more opportunity for thought, rest, and reflection. So we invented lightbulbs (so you can stay up later), and TVs (so you can "unwind" while industry hawks its wares to you in the comfort of your own home), and cell phones (so you are always accessible), and laptops (so you can take your work home with you), and ... you get the idea.
Frankly, I'm a little tired of it all (and where am I writing this? On a BLOG, on a Saturday morning, when I should be...WORKING ON A PAPER FOR SCHOOL!!!).
Argh! I epitomize that which I hate! *Sigh.*
Time to go sit on the porch and smoke my pipe...but there goes my cell phone about that deadline on Tuesday! Gotta run...duty calls!