Attention Span Quotes

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Oliver DeMille
“Books are better than television, the internet, or the computer for educating and maintaining freedom.
Books matter because they state ideas and then attempt to thoroughly prove them. They have an advantage precisely because they slow down the process, allowing the reader to internalize, respond, react and transform. The ideas in books matter because time is taken to establish truth, and because the reader must take the time to consider each idea and either accept it or, if he rejects it, to think through sound reasons for doing so. A nation of people who write and read is a nation with the attention span to earn an education and free society if they choose.”
Oliver DeMille

David Foster Wallace
“The most dangerous thing about an academic education is that it enables my tendency to over-intellectualize stuff, to get lost in abstract thinking instead of simply paying attention to what’s going on in front of me.”
David Foster Wallace, This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life

Criss Jami
“An exceedingly confident student would in theory make a terrible student. Why would he take school seriously when he feels that he can outwit his teachers?”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Jaclyn Moriarty
“She's always getting into trouble because she gets bored really really easily. [...]
My mum says it's because Celia has an attention span the size of a sesame seed.
Celia's mum says it's because Celia's identity is unfurling itself slowly, like a tulip bud, and it's a breathtakingly beautiful thing to see.”
Jaclyn Moriarty, Feeling Sorry for Celia

Meg Wolitzer
“The generation that had information, but no context. Butter, but no bread. Craving, but no longing.”
Meg Wolitzer, The Uncoupling

John Buchan
“I get into a tearing passion about something I know very little about, and when I learn more my passion ebbs away.”
John Buchan, Castle Gay

Tawni O'Dell
“I don't like phones. You can't be sure people are paying attention to you when you're talking to them.”
Tawni O'Dell, Back Roads

Dexter Palmer
“Storytelling--that's not the future. The future, I'm afraid, is flashes and impulses. It's mode up of moments and fragments, and stories won't survive.”
Dexter Palmer, The Dream of Perpetual Motion

Susan Wiggs
“My adult life has been a patchwork of projects, most of which were fleeting fancies of overreaching vision. I tend to seize on things, only to abandon them due to a lack of time, talent or inclination.”
Susan Wiggs, The Goodbye Quilt

“I don't want to be looked at and grab attention, that's exhibitionism.. I would rather be seen more for my intelligence, for my elegance, for not being just another girl seeking attention. I don't want to catch someone's eyes because those kind of
attention spans are short and easily shifted to the next exhibitionist, I would rather stay in the memory as someone who refused to be a performer yet made an impact.”
Simmal Khan

“I want to lengthen, not shorten, my attention span, and most of the material splendors of the twenty-first century bully me in the opposite direction. The fault is mine, I'll admit. I'm too slow-witted, reluctant to evolve, constitutionally unable to get with the program. I can't afford the newest gadgets and I'm not a natural multitasker.”
Phillip Connors

Sreesha Divakaran
“An ambitious, paradoxical world we live in -
of short attention spans
paired with the massive fear
of being forgotten too soon.”
Sreesha Divakaran, Wine, Fire, Satin, Dew

Jia Tolentino
“People have been carping in this way for many centuries. Socrates feared that the act of writing would “create forgetfulness in the learners’ souls.” The sixteenth-century scientist Conrad Gessner worried that the printing press would facilitate an “always on” environment. In the eighteenth century, men complained that newspapers would be intellectually and morally isolating, and that the rise of the novel would make it difficult for people—specifically women—to differentiate between fiction and fact. We worried that radio would drive children to distraction, and later that TV would erode the careful attention required by radio. In 1985, Neil Postman observed that the American desire for constant entertainment had become toxic, that television had ushered in a “vast descent into triviality.”
Jia Tolentino, Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion

Ralph Nader
“The resource of generational history is accorded little attention our society, which seems ever more obsessed with making “new” and “better” synonymous. From my family I became aware of the importance of passing along wisdom from one generation to the next. Yet despite the increasing proliferation of digital recording and other communication technologies, we’re passing on less knowledge today than our parents did through the oral tradition alone. We’re drowning in photographs and videos, capturing every mundane moment of our birthdays, holidays, and vacations. Yet these can be no more than pleasant distraction, only scratching the surface of our real relationships.”
Ralph Nader, The Seventeen Traditions

Ashwin Sanghi
“The average human attention span was 12 seconds in 2000 and 8 seconds in 2013. A drop of 33%. The scary part is that the attention span of a goldfish was 9 seconds, almost 13% more than us humans. That’s why it’s getting tougher by the day to get people to turn the page. Maybe we writers ought to try writing for goldfish instead!”
Ashwin Sanghi

Ashwin Sanghi
“The average buyer in bookshop spends 8 seconds on the front cover and 15 seconds on the back cover before deciding whether to purchase the book or not. On average, he does not get past page 18. See? The odds are stacked against us writers!”
Ashwin Sanghi

“You do not necessarily lose concentration; you only allow something else to take control of a greater portion of your attentiveness and attention at any given moment of time.”
Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

David Foster Wallace
“That concentrating intently on anything is very hard work.”
David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

Nitya Prakash
“It all begins with someone giving you too much attention. Such attention-starved times we live in!”
Nitya Prakash

Rachel Spangler
“Why did the two most important things in her life have to require her attention at exactly the same time?”
Rachel Spangler, Heart of the Game

“We live in an interconnected world of exploding information density where a million things are clamoring for our attention all the time”
Steve Woodruff, Clarity Wins: Get Heard. Get Referred.

Nitya Prakash
“The poorest form of poverty is when you beg for attention.”
Nitya Prakash

Trevor Carss
“The average millennial attention span is now 10 seconds, which means you might not catch the end of th...”
Trevor Carss

Yuval Noah Harari
“We have more choice than ever before, but no matter what we choose, we have lost the ability to really pay attention to it.”
Yuval Noah Harari, Homo Deus A Brief History of Tomorrow By Yuval Noah Harari & How We Got to Now Six Innovations that Made the Modern World By Steven Johnson 2 Books Collection Set