Your Attention Span is Probably Dead
You’ll never get a second chance to make a good first impression.
People want things fast. Food, entertainment, transportation, internet speeds, the workout your trainer gave you, your work hours, all of it. When you take more than a minute to reply to a message, it’s either your partner thinks you’re cheating or your manager is already contemplating firing you.
There is no in-between.
Short-form entertainment dominates the online space. Instagram stories, YouTube Shorts, TikTok, the 140-word limit of Twitter. When people go on social media, they don’t want to read an article every other post or watch a documentary with every video.
The internet made us all dumb.
People consume online content like it’s free doughnuts with no risk of diabetes. With the amount of stuff we can access in just a few swipes, it’s information drugs we’re all so hoplessly addicted to. We don’t like missing out on the latest.
When you’re in a buffet, you wouldn’t want to just stick to one dish, you’ll want to try out every single offering they have. Why?
Because you can.
Instant gratification at the maximum level. That’s what we look for in the internet. If a web page takes more than a couple of seconds to load in, there’s an 11% risk of losing the viewer altogether.
How many times have you heard “back in my day…” which is followed by a variation of either the younger generation is lazy, studying nowadays is so much easier because of google, and how sending a message required a whole damn military operation to accomplish? Technology has eliminated the need to work more.
Accessibility allowed us to care less. We don’t have to pay attention to every single detail because we don’t have to. And because there are a million other tabs, links, videos, tweets, stories, etc. we can go to, nothing’s really stopping us from exploring what’s already available.
“So you’re a man who has everything, and nothing.”
Words directed to Tony Stark after talking about his unlimited resources and where they have led him to. The exact same thing can be said to all of us.
Don’t get me wrong, the internet is great. I make a living writing in the damn thing. But the fact that you’ve reached all the way up to this point already makes you better than 55% of online readers. I’m guilty of this myself. You don’t even want to know how long it took me to write this. I type in a word or two then I tell myself I deserve a couple of hours break.
When our brains are constantly overstimulated by thousands of things we see online, no one’s going to blame you for having a hard time choosing which one to focus on. Now, what are we talking about again?