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Attention spans are growing

By Sam Leith   March 2013

Ars longa, vita brevis. So the old saying has it. But in our day and age wasn’t it supposed to be the other way round? The two things we are routinely told, usually with expressions of grave regret, are that we are all going to live much longer and that our attention spans are getting much shorter. The internet, with its glittery, split-tested linkbait and its dopamine-eliciting bursts of well-timed pleasure, is giving us a culture of attention deficit disorder. We are surfing the shallows, it’s said. We are distracted from distraction by distraction.

Yeah, right. To say that the…

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