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Sangeeta Kocharekar
Monday, March 7, 2016 - 17:11

Smarter people are more distracted at work, according to science


Your colleague who's always taking way too many breaks may actually be very, very smart.

A new study says more intelligent people are more distracted at work. Why? Because they have trouble prioritizing the great ideas they’re constantly coming up with in their genuis brains, and it's difficult for them to figure out which one to focus on first.


Bostjan Ljubic, the vice president of Steelcase, who published the research on more than 10,000 workers in 17 countries said:

"Employers are always on the lookout for the brightest people available, however the difficulty to withstand multiple tasks and distractions in the office affects smart people in the same way as everyone else, if not more."

Psychiatrist Dr. Ned Hallowell also had some thoughts. He said the distractions could potentially lead to: "a feeling of inadequacy and inability to deal with the workload as a whole".

Well, this explains a lot about our digital writ - BRB, going to get a snack.