A Monday Discussion | Does Reading Help With Short Attention Spans?

Hi friends! I’m here to offer up a single, burning-like-Mary-Winchester-on-the-ceiling* question: does reading books help with short attention spans?

*yes I know that was uncalled for

Don’t get me wrong, if my computer takes 10 seconds to boot up I want to go out and buy a new one. No joke.

We live in an age where social media makes us all think that we need to do something ALL THE TIME. Spare minute? Pull out the phone. It’s actually kind of hilarious, because when I read about old times and they easily wait like an hour and I’m just like HOW.

But anyway. Do bookworms have a longer attention span? Even by a nano-second? For example, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor are slow. The writing is gorgeous, but they’re SLOW. Of course, this isn’t true for all bookworms, I don’t even know if it’s true at all! But I thought it would be an interesting topic to discuss.

Tell me your thoughts and experiences!

Copy of My Thoughts

20 thoughts on “A Monday Discussion | Does Reading Help With Short Attention Spans?

  1. “Back in the day” (ie 10 years ago) I could read without my brain wandering for hours at a time. Now I feel like I’m proud of myself if I can make it 15 minutes. I’m trying to retrain myself not to reach for my phone, but it’s definitely a struggle! Any book that can genuinely suck me in for 20 minutes or longer is a true winner.

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  2. I notice reading helps me to slow down and feel in less of a rush, whereas social media makes me feel antsy, like I’ve had too much caffeine.
    When I notice I’ve spent too much time on social media, I always try to counteract it but limiting my time there and reading as much as possible. It does take some time to retrain my brain in staying focused for more than a few minutes.

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  3. I get impatient ALL THE TIME except …if I have a book at hand. Then I can wait hours for my late train. Does it answer your question? LOL

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  4. I think I used to have a longer attention span when I was younger and I’ve always been a reader. These days I find myself so easily distracted. All the electronic devices and the internet…back when I first started reading it was just TV or books lol!

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  5. Errr, not me! with slow books the author is still feeding us lovely bits so that’s what usually keeps me going, at least with slow books I really like. but when it comes to books where so much is happening, I don’t be patient, I binge-read the whole series in a week lol, and studies and every other obligation goes flying out the window!

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      1. OH MY GOSH YESSS!!!! IM SO GLAD YOU LOVED IT!!!!! 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 IM SOOOO HAPPPYYY RN 😂😂😂 LITERALLY CANNOT WAIT FOR YOUR REVIEW!! lol I’ll try calm down now 😂😂😂

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