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I'm looking for an idiom which describes a situation when someone is not able to focus on his work. I want to use in this line: TV, laptop etc came to my life. The consequence was that I could not keep myself engrossed in the book

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drive you to distraction

Mine:"Today's modern gadgetry drives people to distraction"

Consequently you could adapt this to your situation,

Since laptops, smart phones, iPads etc. have come into my life I've been driven to distraction and unable to concentrate on my reading.


Laptops, smart phones, iPads etc. drive me to distraction, consequently I'm unable to do any serious reading.

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+1 Good suggestion. – TrevorD Jul 24 '13 at 12:33

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