Staying Sharp: A Multitasker's Glossary

A Multitasker's Glossary

Just as the arrival of automobiles ultimately brought us words like rubbernecking, gridlock and road rage, the information age demands new terms for the behavior it induces. So says psychiatrist Edward Hallowell in a forthcoming book, CrazyBusy: Overstretched, Overbooked and About to Snap--Strategies for Coping in a World Gone ADD (Ballantine Books; 246 pages). Here's a sampler of Hallowell's new words for new times:

screen sucking Wasting time online long after you have finished what you signed on to do. Example: "I'd be done with that job if I hadn't got caught up screen sucking."

frazzing Frantic, ineffective...

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