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SAN FRANCISCO — When one of the most important e-mail messages of his life landed in his in-box a few years ago, Kord Campbell overlooked (ignorar/pasar por alto) it.
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Not just for a day or two, but 12 days. He finally saw it while sifting (filtrar) through old messages: a big company wanted to buy his Internet start-up (compañía de nueva creación orientada al cliente).
“I stood up from my desk and said, ‘Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God,’ ” Mr. Campbell said. “It’s kind of hard to miss an e-mail like that, but I did.”
The message had slipped (escurrir) by him amid (en medio de/entre) an electronic flood: two computer screens alive with e-mail, instant messages, online chats, a Web browser (navegador) and the computer code he was writing.
While he managed to salvage the $1.3 million deal after apologizing to his suitor (demandante), Mr. Campbell continues to struggle with the effects of the deluge((inuncdación/avalancha)   of data (información). Even after he unplugs, he craves (tener ansias/antojo) the stimulation he gets from his electronic gadgets. He forgets things like dinner plans, and he has trouble focusing on his family.
His wife, Brenda, complains, “It seems like he can no longer be fully in the moment.”
This is your brain on computers.
Scientists say juggling (malabarismos) e-mail, phone calls and other incoming information can change how people think and behave. They say our ability to focus is being undermined (minimizar/minar) by bursts (explosión) of information.
These play to a primitive impulse to respond to immediate opportunities and threats (amenazas). The stimulation provokes excitement — a dopamine squirt (chorro)— that researchers say can be...