Long-Form and Attention Span

I’ve been getting into long-form journalism recently, and trying to read more in-depth materials rather than have superfluous posts from reddit. It’s quite weird that I can work on Putnam problems for hours on end, yet struggle through reading a 2000 word article. Maybe it’s just my motivation level?

I find also that my attention span has been getting shorter, and I am a more impatient person than in the past; this is especially true when I’m doing homeworks in pure-math classes. There are times when I just want a solution now, and not work at a problem for a bit. It seems to be a by-product of switching over to more computational stuff, where results can be obtained instantly and results can be almost “generated.”

Hopefully reading more will slow me down, because sometimes the mundane parts of life are worth slowing down for.


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