If you had to read that headline twice, then it's likely you're one of many suffering from what is called continuous partial attention or CPA. CPA is not a medical conditition that's officially defined by the American Medical Association, but it's something many of us suffer from on a daily basis. If you listen to your iPod while typing on your laptop (like I'm doing right now) or if you ever stop working on a task to check your e-mail (like I just did while writing this blog post), then you probably suffer from some form of CPA. I can't remember which wise man coined the term, but I believe CPA is a product of the Thumb Generation - the generation that grew up text messaging and typing on their BlackBerries. My predication is that while most "conditions" (as I'm calling CPA) are improved with therapy or medication, CPA is only going to get worse as more companies develop technologies to meet our need for the latest and greatest handheld device, MP3 player, or cell phone. My only advise for anyone suffering from CPA is to be cautious, and don't let to take too much control of your life, because CPA is just like slowing down to watch the aftermath of a car wreck - it's unavoidable.