Whining Driving You Crazy? It's Also Making You Dumber, Study Finds

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Whining is not only annoying, but it's making you dumber. Credit: Getty Images

"But, Moooooom ... I don't wanna pick up my room."

"Mommy, pleeeeese get me some more juice. I'm soooo thirsty."

"I'm borrrrred. Summer is sooo boring. There's nothing to dooooo."


No wonder you can't seem to get any work done when the kids are home and the whines are flowing. "Today" reports a new study shows hearing your kids whine makes it difficult to perform easy tasks.

According to the news show, researchers asked men and women to do simple math while they listed to a baby cry, regular speech, whining, silence, a high-pitched table saw and baby talk. The sound that lead to the most mistakes and worst productivity? Yep, whining.

"You're basically doing less work and doing it worse when you're listening to the whines," study co-author Rosemarie Sokol Chang tells "Today." "It doesn't matter if you're a man or a woman, everybody's equally distracted."

Now, the study we really need: How to get your kids to stop whining in the first place.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.