Chronic Procrastination On The Rise, Professor Says

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STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Today's last word in business is: I'll get to it later. Researchers who study procrastination say the affliction is more serious than many realize. A professor at Calgary University says one in every four people now suffer from chronic procrastination. The increase coincides with the introduction of new technologies like e-mail and mobile phones. And the Calgary professor says these devices now cost the nation $70 billion per year.

DEBORAH AMOS, host:

Uh, Steve?

INSKEEP: Yeah?

AMOS: Off the BlackBerry, please.

INSKEEP: Oh, sorry, we've got to finish the show here. OK. That's the business on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

AMOS: And I'm Deborah Amos.

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