Submitted by ub on Wed, 05/08/2013 - 10:37

Modern technology has helped us in many ways, among them dozens of new methods to gain our attention. It’s hard to talk to someone without your phone buzzing at least once.

Chances are that you will check your Twitter feed or Facebook wall while reading this article. Type a memo at work without having an e-mail pop up that ruins your train of thought.

But what constitutes distraction? Does the mere possibility that a phone call or e-mail will soon arrive drain your brain power? And does distraction matter? Do these interruptions make us dumber?

Quite a bit, according to new research by Carnegie Mellon University, which is dedicated to research and education in topics related to computer technology in support of human activity and society.