or soon will be.
|Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, The Associated Press|
|Research Date: 1.1.2014|
|Attention span is the amount of concentrated time on a task without becoming distracted. Most educators and psychologists agree that the ability to focus attention on a task is crucial for the achievement of one’s goals. It’s no surprise attention spans have been decreasing over the past decade with the increase in external stimulation.|
The average attention span is five minutes. Ten years ago, it used to be 12 minutes.
So I’d better keep this short.
E books will be the digital ghost of hand-held, turn-the-page, dogeared, write-in-the-margins, lend-to-a-friend traditional book.
Self Publishing will transform literature into a mass, unsupervised, free-for-all American Idol Audition without a Simon Cowell making scathing critical remarks.
A paragraph will be no longer than the average text message.
Unless, something changes. Writing must transform as it has in the past, not just to suite changing styles in language but to keep up with what technology is doing to the mind.
A writer’s competition is not other writers. We must now compete with cable TV, text messaging, video games and, sadly, a diminishing attention span. But how? We need to experiment as other writers have started by shortening paragraphs and writing books that in a past age would seem more like a bare-bones outline.
I wonder how many readers will see this last line?