More intelligent people may be more distractible at work because they have trouble prioritizing all of the great ideas they’re always coming up with, according to a new study.
“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,” says Bostjan Ljubic of Steelcase, which conducted the survey of more thane 10,000 workers in 17 countries. “The ways in which we work are changing more rapidly than ever before and the brain is being subjected to stresses and distractions which can lead to overload and statistics show that distractions in the workplace are on the rise.’”
The survey found that usage of smartphones are one of the biggest distractions, taking up twice as much worker’s time as they did in 2012, and it’s no wonder. The survey found that most workers check their phones once every three minutes, or roughly 200 times a day.
According to psychiatrist Dr. Ned Hallowell, who spoke with The Daily Mail, smarter people are more distractible because they have difficulty prioritizing one idea over the next as they arise, which can initiate downward spirals of feelings of inadequacy.