zhmort (zhmort) wrote,

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I have ADP!

What is it called if most of the time you exhibit signs of Attention Deficit Disorder, but reasonably often enough, you can also focus on one thing for as long as necessary? Attention Deficit Proclivity, maybe?

During most of my day, including both work time and home time, I continually flip from thing to thing to thing. I am King of the One-to-Five-Minute Task. I do go outside and on road trips for exercise and movies and seeing friends. But when I'm in front of a computer screen, which is most of the rest of the time, it's definitely Short Attention Span Theater.

I'm trying to remember if I've always been like this, and I think the answer is no. I think this started when I got my first job using Windows and email all day long, at about the age of 22. Then it got much more pronounced when I got my first job with a web browser available all day long, at about the age of 25.

Now, 7 years later, there are emails coming into both my personal and work inboxes every few minutes, all day long, whether I'm at work or home, and I can't help but check every time a new one comes in.

Of course, many of my friends have a very similar story to tell these days.
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