Attention deficit disorder, and why I don't have it but feel like I do.

Posted: January 28th, 2009

 

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I’ve had a realization that I’m having trouble concentrating on anything that isn’t in a constant state of change. I used to love to read, but now it’s difficult. I still love the idea of reading, and I love what can happen when I pick up a book and become enthralled—it just doesn’t happen too frequently, anymore. I think that this is part of the reason why I have trouble writing anything of worth these days, and why I hate doing anything “menial” (read: putting on my makeup, doing the dishes, etc.) without my headphones in. I can’t even be satisfied with just listening to music, I need to be listening to a podcast, someone talking to me.

I blame it on technology.

And just to show how short my attention span is, I wrote this entry ten days ago today. So here it is, with minimal edits, and just one additional thought—I’ve been contemplating trying to go a day without consuming any electronic media (tv/video/podcasts/internet/iPhoning [other than calls] etc.) and see if I’m focusing better by the end of the day, or if I’m just a nervous wreck. Watch this space!

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