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Hooked on Gadgets, and Paying a Mental Price Chang W. Lee/The New York Times SAN FRANCISCO — When one of the most important e-mail messages of his life landed in  his in-box a few years ago, Kord Campbell overlooked it.  Multimedia Interactive Feature   A Multitasker's Perspective Interactive Feature   Test Your Focus
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Slide Show   Juggling the Screens Warning Signs of Tech Overload How do you know if you're too absorbed in technology? Times' columnist Tara Parker-Pope spoke with experts, who  identified these seven signs.  See the Signs Is It Too Late to Unplug From Your Digital Life? What it takes to tune out and turn off your laptop and other devices. Join the Discussion Related An Ugly Toll of Technology: Impatience and Forgetfulness  (June 7, 2010)  Your Brain on Computers: More Americans Sense a Downside to an Always Plugged-In  Existence  (June 7, 2010)  Readers' Comments Readers shared their thoughts on this article. Read All Comments (485) » Not just for a day or two, but 12 days. He finally saw it while sifting through old messages: a  big company wanted to buy his Internet start-up.  “I stood up from my desk and said, ‘Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God,’ ” Mr. Campbell  said. “It’s kind of hard to miss an e-mail like that, but I did.”  The message had slipped by him amid an electronic flood: two computer screens alive with  e-mail, instant messages, online chats, a Web browser and the computer code he was  writing. ( View an interactive panorama of Mr. Campbell's workstation .) 
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While he managed to salvage the $1.3 million deal after apologizing to his suitor, Mr.  Campbell continues to struggle with the effects of the deluge of data. Even after he unplugs,  he craves the stimulation he gets from his electronic gadgets. He forgets things like dinner  plans, and he has trouble focusing on his family.  His wife, Brenda, complains, “It seems like he can no longer be fully in the moment.”  This is your brain on computers.  Scientists say juggling e-mail, phone calls and other incoming information can change how  people think and behave. They say 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 — a  dopamine  squirt — that researchers say can be  addictive. In its absence, people feel bored.  The resulting distractions can have deadly consequences, as when cellphone-wielding drivers  and train engineers cause wrecks. And for millions of people like Mr. Campbell, these urges  can inflict nicks and cuts on creativity and deep thought, interrupting work and family life. 
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