I’ve noticed over the last few years that my attention span is slowly getting shorter. Where I’ve really noticed it is in watching sports on TV. I can’t sit through an entire game without doing something else anymore. For example, last Saturday I was watching the Iowa football game on ESPN2 and before the first half had ended, I had the laptop open checking email. I don’t think I’ve watched an entire Twins game from beginning to end all year.
This is notable only because it wasn’t that long ago that I would record games when I had other plans and then watch them in their entirety, sometimes staying up until 2am doing so. Now I can’t even sit still long enough to watch a game live.
Ask Jack Bauhaus about it. He was over at my place to watch the Packer-Viking Monday Night game a couple of weeks ago, and I couldn’t even sit still with someone else in the room watching the game with me.
Well, for this Twins-White Sox series, I’m going to attempt an experiment. I am going to sit in my most comfortable chair before the first pitch, and I will not get up out of that chair until the end of the game. My laptop, my phone and the latest issues of my magazines will all be safely out of reach. I need to prove to myself that it is still possible for me to focus on a game without doing three other things at the same time. I doubt I can do it, but I have to at least try.