You might have seen the study that came out about a year ago—the one that said our attention spans have now been shrunk to less than that of a goldfish. You might have also seen the follow up studies to show how untrue that was according to psychologist who argued that our various attention spans were task dependent and cannot be measured in that way. Does it really matter what the science says? We all know what we have seen all around us.
We are bombarded with sights and sounds from the moment we awake to the moment we crawl into bed with our cell phones plugged in within arm’s reach. If you have untethered yourself from such a cruel and demanding master, count yourself lucky. For entirely too many of us, there can be no escape if we want to participate in this world. Consequently work never shuts off for some—it follows us at all hours of the day and night. It is relentless.
Information is power. It always has been. From ancient scrolls to scrolling text messages and tweets, the more one knows, the more power one has to make informed decisions. But ask yourself? If quality output is a direct correlation of quality input, with what are you nourishing your brain? With what is AMERICA nourishing its brain?
There are days I will admit that I am more than happy to do what I call mindless things. I play Candy Crush—the Soda edition—it soothes my mind with repetition and only the slightest need for any strategy. It is the same reason I like my trash TV—it requires nothing thoughtful from me. But for me personally, this is only a small portion of the infotainment I take in on any given day. The balance is tipped far more in favor of globally reaching news outlets, history, documentaries and the laughter and conversation of my family and friends. I believe it is possible to enjoy a good combination of both.
Often we are driven by the publishing agenda of the outlets we choose to give our patronage to. How diverse is your source material?
What say you SOFREP? What are you paying attention to on the daily? Sound off in the comments.