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Maybe our attention spans aren’t being ruined by the internet, but we are losing patience for stuff with lower information density.
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Paul McKellar 25 Sep 17
Replying to @mmay3r
In my day, MTV was blamed for low attention spans.
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Eternal Instincts 25 Sep 17
Replying to @mmay3r
Those trends can co-exist if you consider the sheer volume of high-density material being created.
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Anthony Bardaro 25 Sep 17
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There's an app for that 🤗
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Daniel Conde ⚡️ 25 Sep 17
Replying to @mmay3r
A good example is cable. I could sit through a commercial when I was 7, not at 27. Commercials lower information density way too much.
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Stephen Chow 25 Sep 17
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But who says that attention spans need to be long? A generalist thrives by being desultory.
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Franklin Delafleur 25 Sep 17
Replying to @mmay3r
"Distinction without a difference?" Think the binding word for these two is basically having a "restless mind". Imho we are in a gradual
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Franklin Delafleur 25 Sep 17
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movement away from the "natural state" of mind. We are increasingly being abstract and been doing more and more of that for millennia. Maybe
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Andra 25 Sep 17
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Our attention spans can now curate based on personal interests, enabling our personality to crave an emotion more often
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Franklin Delafleur 25 Sep 17
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the first real big shift in newer history was books, industrialization of occupation, radio, phone, tv, office "occupation", pc,
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Franklin Delafleur 25 Sep 17
Replying to @mmay3r
mobile phone, internet, soon VR etc. Evolution has had zero chance to catch up, so now we are stressed-out cavemen with atom bombs.🙄
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Mats Stafseng Einarsen 25 Sep 17
Replying to @mmay3r
Could be both
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Pramath Malik 25 Sep 17
Replying to @mmay3r
Edit - "We're losing patience for stuff/people with lower emotional density" Understand your feelings and your attention will follow
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William Minshew 25 Sep 17
Replying to @mmay3r
this by itself would be a good thing, but we are also losing patience for stuff with higher information density
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William Minshew 25 Sep 17
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e.g. what do you think the average ratio of 'pages about bitcoin' to 'pages of bitcoin whitepaper' read is?
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William Minshew 25 Sep 17
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i would guess very few people have patience for actually reading whitepapers..
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C.Cinnsealach 25 Sep 17
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The natural world is everywhere dense with information.
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NN Lokam 25 Sep 17
Replying to @mmay3r
The internet allows us to have an unbounded curiosity. Before you had to stifle it during inception bc there wasn't places to get answers
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Luca Dellanna 26 Sep 17
Replying to @mmay3r
Perhaps we always preferred higher density content, but it wasn’t available yet / no adequate medium yet.
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Jay Masilamani 🙊 26 Sep 17
Or this is one of evolutions powerful tests. The ones that survive this will be superhuman who’ll see their ancestors like we see cavemen
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