Do you have A.A.A.D.D?



They have finally found a diagnosis for my condition. Hooray!!

I have recently been diagnosed with A.A.A.D.D. : Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder

This is how it goes: I decide to wash the car; I start toward the garage and notice the mail on the table. Ok, I'm going to wash the car. But first I'm going to go through the mail.


I lay the car keys down on the desk, discard the junk mail and I notice the trashcan is full.

Ok, I'll just put the bills on my desk and take the trashcan out, but since I'm going to be near the mailbox anyway, I'll pay these few bills first.

Now, where is my checkbook? Oops, there's only one check left. My extra checks are in my desk.

Oh, there's the coke I was drinking. I'm going to look for those checks.

But first I need to put my coke further away from the computer, oh maybe I'll pop it into the fridge to keep it cold for a while.

I head towards the kitchen and my flowers catch my eye, they need some water. I set the coke on the counter and uh oh!

There are my glasses. I was looking for them all morning! I'd better put them away first.

I fill a container with water and head for the flower pots - - Aaaaaagh!

Someone left the TV remote in the kitchen. We'll never think to look in the kitchen tonight when we want to watch television so I'd better put it back in the family room where it belongs.

I splash some water into the pots and onto the floor, I throw the remote onto a soft cushion on the sofa and I head back down the hall trying to figure out what it was I was going to do?

End of Day: The car isn't washed, the bills are unpaid, the coke is sitting on the kitchen counter, the flowers are half watered, the checkbook still only has one check in it and I can't seem to find my car keys!

When I try to figure out how come nothing got done today, I'm baffled because I KNOW I WAS BUSY ALL DAY LONG!!!

I realize this is a serious condition and I'll get help, BUT FIRST I think I'll check my e-mail...

Please send this to everyone you know because I DON'T REMEMBER TO WHOM I'VE SENT IT!!


Do ya'll have days like this or is it just me and this writer?? LOL....karen


Now, that you mention it, I do occasionally encounter the phenomena you describe.

However, I have a different theory about that. It stems from a psychocomputational condition known as unmultiaskability

You see, we humans, especially those of us with computers in our lives, notice that modern cpu's are capable of multitasking. Thinking ourselves superior to a mere inorganic machine, we take it for granted that we have always been able to do that.

Well, we haven't. Some of us, with practice, can do two things at once, at about the level of an 80386 running Windows 3.1.

Only a few years before the PC, we made a major breakthrough when some of us learned to eat and watch TV at the same time.

This did not come easily. Some veterans of that pioneering era still bear the tine scars from misguided dinner forks.

But now that computers are simultaneously running business software, playing pogo online, downloading megabytes of erotic photos, uploading webcam shots of secretarial thighs from beneath the desk, and checking email for the latest offers of free money,

we can't help trying to emulate our silicon-brained offspring, vainly trying to match their pace.

Perhaps our biological children or grandchildren will evolve into the Pentium class. But most of us are better off doing one thing, closing the application, then doing another. Except maybe for sex.

Sexual multitasking is hard to long as the operating systems are compatible.