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Eric T.

Are Mobile Devices (And Twitter, Social Media and Memes) Giving Us ADD?

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OK, I wonder what you all think. A conservative political journal I used to like to read has transitioned to using lots of memes and other sound-bite type content in their daily e-mails. I guess this is a sign of the times, and wonder if anybody besides me is worried that that as our communications get taken up by hyper-brief electronic messages that we may loose the ability to focus on things like longer articles or (Gasp!) books.

 

Even though I am not a mobile device user and don't have a Twitter account, I still feel the pull to get drawn away from more substantive reading and spend too much time "catching up" on social media-type forums. Lately I have been having to make a more intentional effort to avoid the fluff and get back to my books.

 

Thoughts?

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OK, I wonder what you all think. A conservative political journal I used to like to read has transitioned to using lots of memes and other sound-bite type content in their daily e-mails. I guess this is a sign of the times, and wonder if anybody besides me is worried that that as our communications get taken up by hyper-brief electronic messages that we may loose the ability to focus on things like longer articles or (Gasp!) books.

 

Even though I am not a mobile device user and don't have a Twitter account, I still feel the pull to get drawn away from more substantive reading and spend too much time "catching up" on social media-type forums. Lately I have been having to make a more intentional effort to avoid the fluff and get back to my books.

 

Thoughts?

 

I don't know. But I have to turn off the notifications tone on my phone so I don't over use it, because every time I get an email telling someone replied to a thread I'm subscribed to I'll end up on that site.

I wouldn't be surprised if technology and social media are designed to be addictive.

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Well, Twitter and Facebook are rather designed for the one or two sentence status updates.

 

I think one of the appeals (at least for me) of this type of media is the personal interaction. Reading is so one dimensional, but engaging in a forum like this actually puts your book knowledge to the test. A lot of people can read but they can't articulate their thoughts from their reading well enough to be effective in apologetics.

 

For me, I do not retain a lot of what I read. I do better by listening to audio books. In order to retain book knowledge I used to practice copying the media over to the computer. I typed out several books, which for some reason helps me retain what I read more.

 

Other than that, after a few pages I am not retaining the knowledge - I'm just reading at that point. So I try to limit myself to a few pages at a time and just mediate on what I am reading. Perhaps it is because of the material I am reading. For example, is anyone capable of reading 70+ pages of Calvin or Berkhof in one day?

 

 

 

You wouldn't believe the research I did just picking out the colors of this website in order to attract more visitors. For example, the trial and errors which occurred during the first year of the site, the wrong colors were so blatantly obvious in the daily statistics showing most people never coming back when using a black and gold color combination. They would also not explore or click into the site while using dark colors.

 

I am always looking to make this site more appealing to the eyes and more addictive (return visits). I really hope there's nothing wrong in making a media which appeals to Christians and entices them to interact with one another on the topics of Scripture!

 

God bless,

William

 

I pretty sure there's nothing wrong with that. I'm thinking there's more to the well know social media sites than what you described doing. But it's just a guess. There's a lot of different ways of getting hold of a persons attention and causing them to lose track of time. A good example is casinos, they use lights and colours that draw attention to the machines, the carpets are patterned to wake up the senses, the music is lively but with no sharp beats to cause people to lose track of time and casinos are always designed like a maze so gamblers will have to walk past more machines before they get to the cashier. I think social media sites might be doing similar.

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