Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Speed is all

The quality of your writing does not matter. If it is a mega long closely written post, I am not going to read it, or skim through it, at best. I have the attention span of a twenty year old. That is not a good quality. Chop it into bite sized chunks, and I will find it easy to read. These bite sized chunks are probably called paragraphs, but my idea of paragraph may not be yours.

I noticed myself doing something the other day when I was reading the electric newspaper. No matter how interesting the matter was, I was not reading to the end of the article. When I have a proper newspaper, I usually read to the end of an article I am interested in for all the detail. I find it quite difficult to read anything very long on the computer screen

I would do better to print long reads out with the printer, but I am mean with paper and ink. It is not for any reason of eyesight, or being uncomfortable in my chair. It is my trigger ready finger poised on the mouse button ready to move to whatever is next. Speed is all. Speed gets me through what I think is essential but often isn't. How much I actually absorb is open to question. Is this really the way I should be when I sit at the computer? Very much a rhetorical question.

Let me ask you a couple of questions. Do you get stressed when you get behind on matters of the internet? Do you ever have moments at your computer like when the dirty washing basket is empty, as temporary as that always is?




16 comments:

  1. I'm finding it increasingly difficult to read articles to the end. I skim a lot nowadays and I am irritated with myself if I fall behind in my regular reading.

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    1. Sounds exactly like me Victor.

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  2. I very rarely read to the end of an article, online or regular newspaper. If the headline doesn't grab me I won't read past the first paragraph. Even something interesting to me doesn't get read fully if the article goes into too much unnecessary detail. Just give me the bare (interesting) facts and if I want more, I'll delve deeper on my own, probably on the internet. I find I absorb much less than I used to, which wasn't much to begin with. I'm a skim and forget type.

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    1. River, I think it a fact about computers, that we don't absorb things like we used to. Or maybe it is our age.

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  3. I don't read news articles at all, I listen to ABC radio every morning I get all the news and interesting discussions on things of general interest no music.
    Merle......

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    1. I do too Merle. Which is often why I don't need to read much in the paper.

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  4. I think it depends upon the article with me, if it grabs me well enough, I'll struggle on until the end.
    I don't get stressed with computer stuff... perhaps guilty. If I don't have time to comment as I would like on favourite blogs, or if I've wandered away from work stuff I should be doing and I'm reading something not terribly important.
    And for me, nothing spells contentment like an empty ironing basket. I can't abide a pile of ironing sitting there smirking at me. I'm booking the therapist now...

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    1. Craig, while I get the ironing thing, I just stuff mine into my wardrobe, out of sight, out of mind.

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  5. Someone who knows better than I - take your pick - told me newspaper articles are constructed with skimming in mind - all the important guff at the top, increasingly padded or minute waffle at the bottom.

    I bought an online book once [it was an out of print quarterly essay]. Bloody impossible to read, or flip to and fro.

    It was a non- printable format. After a year, I have finally cut and pasted it all into word and have yet to print the thing - guess I'm just scabby. I don't think e-books will take over the world just yet.

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    1. About newspapers FC, yes, that makes sense. Having a stand alone e-book reader, I am inclined to agree with you, except it is very light and portable.

      Noted that you did not reply with a photo of your empty washing basket.

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  6. oh I thought I was the only one! I'm definitely skimming and scanning more these days. I 'get the gist' and then leave the rest.

    I tend to fully read blog posts though! Go figure!

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    1. M, we are just a product of the times, I fear.

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  7. It all depends Andrew..I'm seriously bad at organising my time and always end up stressing about not getting projects finished..I definitely stress about getting computer stuff fini...in fact I'm stressing right now...haha! Only kidding :)

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    1. Grace, are you one of those people who function on stress, or perhaps more correctly adrenalin?

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  8. I skim though a lot of stuff and I print longer reads as I don't like doing that on a screen. I'm always dreadfully behind with my internets, I tend to do weekend catch ups. It doesn't bother me too much. My blog is always well out of date, these days no one seems to read or comment anyway, so it doesn't matter.

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    1. I get so much to read on my blog reader that at times it is too much, but then if I do catch up, I wonder why no one has written anything to entertain me.

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