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  • This one feels a little too close to home (though I think the vector for this disease is now probably facebook and twitter):

    “In discussing one of them, he cites the work of Dr. John Ratey, a professor of psychiatry at Harvard who believes people can be physically addicted to e-mail. “Each e-mail you open gives you a little hit of dopamine,” Mr. Chorost writes, “which you associate with satiety. But it’s just a little hit. The effect wears off quickly, leaving you wanting another hit.”

    Dr. Ratey, he says, calls this “acquired attention deficit disorder.”

    The New York Times, Imagining a World of Total Connectedness, and Its Consequences, by Katherine Bouton, February 14, 2011

    February 16, 2011