I’m going to have to grab a copy of the latest Time Magazine. The Seattle PI had an opinion piece from David Horsey which widely quoted it, including these two paragraphs:
Computers, cell phones, BlackBerrys, e-mail, text messaging, the Internet — all these techno toys and new ways to connect are supposed to be making us more productive worker bees, but sometimes it seems as if we’re just buzzing frantically from flower to flower without picking up much nectar.
Time claims that the interruptions and distractions caused by these new communication methods cost the U.S. economy $588 billion annually. In addition, the temptation to multitask — talking on the cell phone while responding to e-mail, opening a FedEx package and eating lunch at your desk — is causing too many people to look awfully busy while not doing anything very well (Time has a word for this, too — "frazzing").
I can certainly identify with this problem, and I’m sure I’m not alone.