Why Can't You Pay Attention Anymore?
Dr. Edward Hallowell, in CNET News.com, discusses "attention deficit trait," which ironically results from a sort of "brain overload" from today's onslaught of e-mail, Blackberry notices, phone calls, etc. He reports that it results in a loss of strategic thinking and a tendency to answer only the superficial aspects of questions.
"It's sort of like the normal version of attention deficit disorder. But it's a condition induced by modern life, in which you've become so busy attending to so many inputs and outputs that you become increasingly distracted, irritable, impulsive, restless and, over the long term, underachieving. In other words, it costs you efficiency because you're doing so much or trying to do so much, it's as if you're juggling one more ball than you possibly can."
(found, as usual, from Lifehacker.com)