Tech giants tackle information overload

Your BlackBerry buzzes with a text from your boss, snapping you out of your Twitter-surfing trance. Your friend calls you and tells you to check out his Facebook profile, as you respond to your spouse’s instant message about dinner plans. All the while, your in-box is overflowing with new e-mail messages.If humans were like computers, our screens would be frozen–overloaded by information and too much multitasking.The term “information overload” has floated around for years and been the topic of much analysis, but the situation remains. According to recent research by enterprise research firm Basex, these distractions are now costing the American economy more than $650 billion in lost productivity, and taking up 28 percent of workers’ time.

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