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Study: Downside of digital multitasking

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In the digital age up-to-the-minute updates are a click and a touch away. But a new study says all of our gadgets and all of this multitasking aren't necessarily good -- and may actually be making us dumber. The same devices that connect us and keep us plugged in have obvious drawbacks.

A new study from Carnegie Mellon, first reported on yahoo.com, attempts to analyze the impact of juggling email, texts, and social media on your brain while you're at work. People who were told they might be interrupted but were left alone had a surprising result.

Dr. Ezriel Kornel, a neurosurgeon, says it is not surprising that people who were interrupted even if they knew they'd be interrupted performed poorly during the experiment.

Peter Shankman, a marketing and advertising consultant, says companies have taken notice of potential distracted employees.

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