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Have you ever secretly suspected that some of your co-workers are destroying your brain cells? You were right all along! There's now scientific proof that over-talkative co-workers are making you DUMBER. And it happens every single time they talk to you about the weather, your big weekend plans, and what happened on "The Voice".
According to a study out of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, every time your coworkers talk to you and distract you, you immediately become 20% STUPIDER.
Not permanently, dont worry. But as long as you're distracted, you're dumber.
A separate study found the average officer worker only gets 11 minutes of work done between interruptions . . . and it can take almost half an hour to fully focus again after you're interrupted.
There is a good defense for fighting this off, though. The researchers found that if you tell yourself you're DEFINITELY going to be interrupted at any moment, it actually helps you focus and improves your productivity. Good luck with that!
Here's some detailed information about the study. Now get back to work
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