20 Second Nation
It is said that goldfish have a three second span of memory. This means that their attention erratically changes from object to object. I am starting to see a resemblance with human beings. In this day and age, it is hard to catch a person’s attention, especially in reading. The fact that you are still reading this right now amazes me. It’s like ADHD is airborne in the air we breath. The simple truth is that people need things instantaneously anymore, that we don’t have time to waste precious seconds on anything less than a speeding car with an old woman shooting a bazooka out of the window before crashing into a fiery explosion of death. I too admit that sometimes when I see something interesting on the internet, I only scan to find the juicy details before I depart for more adventurous reading. It is not something we can help but rather that we have to live with. The only real solution is to just up the ante when it comes to attention-getting, I would suggest colorful graphs or kid-friendly sing-along text so that you don’t have to read an article, you can belt it out! Whatever the method is, it has to grab you where the sun don’t shine and never let go. On second thought that sounds painful, just make something that’s interesting. While this decline in appreciation has created a more challenging foundation to work on, it is really frustrating and sad that people take for granted the real good things in life for cheap entertainment. For example, on a broad scale books have sorely lost their fight for leisure time against movies, T.V., and the internet. The competition is just too rough, why read a book for 3 weeks when you can see the movie in an hour and a half? There are tradeoffs that come along with this mentality namely the quality of content. You just don’t receive the same essence and purity of a book anywhere else, especially these days. Alright enough with my lament, go divert your attention elsewhere.