There has never been a time when people could communicate and express themselves as instantly and as much as they can now. It's hard to believe, but there was a time when communicating meant we had to WRITE LETTERS!

I've always liked writing. I like the feeling of having a nice pen in my hand. It feels like I'm creating something when I put pen to paper, even if it is just a doodle of a flower or a note that says, "If you ever park in my spot again, I will have your ass towed." It's a nice feeling.

When you physically write something down you're forced to take time to actually think about what you're writing. We don't really do that anymore. Now we just press buttons. We're so spoiled.

Now everything is electronic and instantaneous. We e-mail, we text, we Facebook, we Twitter, Skype, instant message, blog, dance interpretively on YouTube... And whatever we do say has to be short because our attention spans are now about nine seconds long. We can only read up to 140 characters at any given time before we're on to the next thing...


What was I saying?

Oh yeah, we lose focus, have no attention span, yada, yada, blah, blah, blah.


Some Vocabulary Notes:

Instantly - Immediately; at once.

Doodle - To draw mindlessly.

Attention span - The interval during which a person
can concentrate, as on a single object, idea, or activity.

This is part of a chapter from the book 'Seriously, I'm kidding' by Ellen DeGeneres.
Needless to say it's hilarious! :)

I wanted to share it here also because I find a very good habit to improve the language reading.
And you know me guys: having fun + learning is the 'mixture' I love.
I hope you can also enjoy reading!

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  • Dear Mary, I truly enjoyed reading it. So many thx for sharing it.
  • hahaha... when I write with a pen on a paper I feel like a real writer!!! hahaha... I know it's stupid but I just feel like that... and that's why I always use them...

    Have fun MARY...

  • Dear MARY,

    Actually I don't understand what this means..."our attention spans are now about nine seconds long" Is it longer or shorter than before? Is our focus now worse than before? Maybe because we are too relax...:)

    And, what does interpretively mean? Thank you for sharing. Btw, I still like writing with pen. Here is my writing...


  • Lynne, Thank you for stopping by! :)

    noaslpls! Do you take notes very often?? hahaha
    So you love writing and we love reading you... what a great coincidence! ^_^

    I do really need to focus as well... but my mind loves to wander! :(

    Sophi(a), yes probably there are some ways to boost attention span... And I wish to know them! :D  Right now, I'm struggling a hard battle against procrastination as well :(

    It's not just about the kids... the grown-ups too! I noticed few time ago, that when I grab a pen to write whatever note, I feel how my writing skills are increasingly resemble to the writing of a 5 years old kid! :S

    But you're right, we are privileged. We just love to complain ;)

    Thanks a heap for your comment.

    Eric!! My fav cowboy! How cool is that you take time for coming here to read my silly blogs! :D

    I can relate about the post-it thing you said! that's the more I handwrite now too! :(

    Oh! I'm glad to know that I made you take a look to your old writting things :)  It's good to look back from time to time... To check how we were 10 years ago and if it doesn't make us feel a little ashamed now :D

    Very cool last lines you wrote down, btw!

    Thank you very much for reading and leaving your thoughts here; I do really appreciate it a lot.  I hope you feel like writing a blog entry some time here too! :)

  • These days, it seems that many of us have forgotten what it's like to handwrite anything beyond our signature on a legal binding document, or perhaps a short message on a post-it note to one of our co-workers (My office post-its usually read, "Dude, what's for lunch? You're buying today!).

    The words you've posted here gave me motivation to search through one of my old spiral notebooks that I frequently used when writing, and before laptops became so convenient. Ironically enough, one of my last entries stated, "A little 'lead in the pencil' always beats the performance of a 'soft tipped pen' when making that writer's paper smile"!

    That old quote was filled with corny and phallic symbolism, while written nearly ten years ago. Who knows what I was thinking at the time?

    Thanks for a great blog addition Mary!

  • I hate taking notes :D :D :D But I found out that I do love writing. So I'm glad that I'm able to push some buttons in the keyboards and write. But sometimes I do lose focus and interest in writing, and will knock my head on the wall. 

    I know I need to focus, and focus, and focus more. :D

  • Yes, you're right it's funny.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Have a nice day!

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