Think back about …

Attention Span

May I have your attention please? You have probably heard those words many times in your life, but these days, many seem to have the attention span of a goldfish. Perhaps it’s the influence of smart phones or social media, with their ability to provide instant gratification. Think back … Do you recall listening to a program on the radio? How about lectures and speeches without accompanying power points or video presentations? Has your ability to pay attention changed? Share your Attention Span stories forward.

Stories on This Week's Writing Prompt

Distracted
I’m a big reader –  or at least I was.    (See Book Slut, or Why I’m in Six Book Clubs) Actually a therapist once [...]
Hello, Darkness
Mom used to joke that I had "the attention span of a gnat."
ADHD
I have always been able to pay attention for long periods of time, though checking my phone does cause something of a [...]
It Won’t Be Long
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In this cartoon, all the jurors are looking at their phones. Is that how it started, these shorter and shorter attention spans?
Not a Goldfish
After I retired, I joined the board of the preschool I had founded as a community representative. We were planning our 25th [...]
Naval Funeral
My friends Tippy and Toppy had the fabled attention span of goldfish.  Whenever I made eye contact with them,   they’d meet [...]
Same Old, Same Old Attention Span
  A man walks down the street He says, “Why am I short of attention? Got a short little span of attention And, [...]

New Stories on Old Prompts

Oh, Those Family Dinners
My mother prepared dinner every night for my dad, my brother and me. Meat, potatoes, Birds Eye frozen vegetables. Once in a [...]
Prompted By Mealtime
September 25, 2021
Polishing Off the Silver
I was the only niece of an only aunt who, I was given to understand, intended to gift me her gorgeous charm bracelet one day. [...]
Prompted By Aunts & Uncles
September 21, 2021

Past Stories You May Have Missed

My Boyfriend’s in the Band
There was the femmy doorman/bouncer who was ex-military and in a high pitched voice humbly and apologetically told us all the [...]
Prompted By In the Band
October 31, 2016
My first job….
My parents–well, really my father — would not allow me to work, other than babysitting, before I was an adult. [...]
Prompted By Working
September 5, 2016

Think back about …

Attention Span

May I have your attention please? You have probably heard those words many times in your life, but these days, many seem to have the attention span of a goldfish. Perhaps it’s the influence of smart phones or social media, with their ability to provide instant gratification. Think back … Do you recall listening to a program on the radio? How about lectures and speeches without accompanying power points or video presentations? Has your ability to pay attention changed? Share your Attention Span stories forward.

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