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Looking through all of the Word Press templates, I found that I was a bit “Meh” about most of them. I wanted something new and a bit edgy, but I may have gone overboard. This template may be too “street-punk” for my style.
To be honest, I have gotten a bit “Meh” about a lot of what I come across on the interwebs.
I was in a leadership class and was asked the following question;
Research has found that continual or habitual use of the internet has caused a reduction in average attention span. This situation has resulted in an average attention span reduction to;
- 1. 15 minutes
- 2. 1 minute
- 3. 30 seconds
- 4. 9 seconds
I picked one minute. The correct answer is 9 seconds!
9 Seconds. If this is you, it has put your attention span equal to that of a Gold Fish.
If a site does not immediately catch and hold our attention, we cannot be expected to actually take the time to see if there is actual content available. It’s all about flash and immediate gratification. God forbid we actually have to take the time to delve into a something to gain … wait … knowledge. Or maybe, if we really internalize some of what we read, maybe, just maybe, true wisdom.
I think that is why the term “Meh” has gained popularity; because it’s just too exhausting to say something like “whatever”. I mean, really, that’s like three syllables.
I am exhausted just thinking “whatever”. No, wait, not exhausted. It just gave me tired-head.
But then, I am over it already due to my reduced attention span.
Of course it’s only guys like me who write that, any longer, actually spell things out. Stringing sentences together into something that we hope is both intelligible and possibly even interesting.
I m3an, rlly. U dnt evn hve 2 spnd a lot of tme wth all th rqerd ltrs ny moar.
…and if you text much at all, you read that last line without skipping a beat. Of course this is not new news, because;
“Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteers be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.”
Our brain is an amazing thing. It simply rearranges the letters and fills in the gaps. This is obviously why we now have a secondary language that has emerged from the world of text.
However, you all have such short attention spans that you can’t seem to focus on the importance of … oh, I don’t know … driving maybe, to put your phone down and watch what is going on around you instead of texting.
Let me clue you into a fact. While our brain is an amazing device, what it is attached to is not all that amazing. If you think you are multitasking, there is scientific evidence that you are not. No! What you are doing is TRYING to do two things at once. And while the brain is a stupendous machine and can commutate massive volumes of data input. The nub that is wrapped around it can effectively focus on ONE thing at a time. You might do a lot of things end to end, but you can really only do one thing effectively at a time.
So, next time you are cruising along texting “Meh” to your friend about his/her latest amazing Twitter update. Consider that your head just disengaged from the world around you. My advice to fixing all of this;
PUT THE FREAKIN PHONE DOWN!