Scientists say juggling eMail, phone calls, and the flood of other data we receive in today’s media-saturated world can change how people think and behave, reports the New York Times—and our ability to focus is being undermined by bursts of information. These play to a primitive impulse to respond to immediate opportunities and threats. The stimulation provokes excitement that researchers say can be addictive. In its absence, people feel bored. The resulting distractions can have deadly consequences, as when cell-phone-wielding drivers and train engineers cause wrecks. And for millions of people, these urges can inflict nicks and cuts on creativity...

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