Think digital distractions have killed our attention spans? Think again
The rise of complex TV series and vast novels shows we still prefer commitment to a quick fix, writes Stuart Jeffries
In a culture of speed-dating, quick fixes, fast food, bullet trains, pop-up everything, and unreadably long jeremiads about the increasing incidence of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, the single-minded commitment required to read a long, absorbing book serves as a rebuke to a culture that favours those who can simultaneously email/tweet/instant message/hold up their end of a phone call/Skype while live blogging the whole shebang.
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