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'Yes, the Internet Is Destroying Our Collective Attention Span' by Brian Resnick

Brian Resnick writes the following for Vox:

Sune Lehmann is a professor of applied mathematics and computer science at the Technical University of Denmark, where he’s been [conducting] research for the past several years. He, like a lot of us, was wondering, ‘Am I becoming a grumpy old man, or are things moving more quickly?’

Recently, he and colleagues published a paper in Nature Communications that suggests the latter is true—the length of time our ‘collective attention’ is on any given event has grown shorter, and topics become popular and then drop out of public view at an accelerating rate. The result: It’s no surprise if it feels harder and harder to dwell deeply on any topic.

It’s hard to know from this research how our collective attention impacts our individual ability to pay attention. But it outlines a broader problem with media and entertainment, and our online environments. The amount of coverage a topic gets—or doesn’t get—influences the public’s perception of what’s important.

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