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Attentionitis – Why Shorter Is Better

By Carl Ocab Under Copywriting, Marketing

At-ten-tio-ni-tis is a spreading disease on the internet that impairs a person’s ability to focus on a single webpage. This can be acquired by only a few hours of surfing or a few minutes hanging out on video sites like Youtube.

Answer the three questions below and after that you’ll find out if you caught this spreading disease…

Question number one

How much soil is there in a hole measuring one meter by one meter by one meter? (Answer below)








None, it’s a hole!

Question number two

A man dressed all in black is walking down a country lane. Suddenly a large black car without any lights on comes round the corner and screeches to a halt.

How did the driver know there was a man in the road?








It was daylight!

Question number three

A mute person goes into a shop and wants to buy a toothbrush. By imitating the action of brushing his teeth he successfully expresses himself to the shopkeeper and the purchase is done.

Next, into the shop comes a blind man who wants to buy a pair of sunglasses, how does he indicate what he wants?








He would simply ask.

What did you get?

If you have answered the three questions correctly then you are clear of Attentionitis but beware this is a contagious disease you might catch it from suffering patients.

If you have answered only one or two correctly then you are in the stage 2 of this disease, go get some tea to calm down and concentrate.

If you haven’t answered any of the questions right, I’m sorry but I can’t do anything for you, just read on.

Attentionitis everywhere!

When I logged in to Google Analytics a while ago, I checked one of my sites and saw a huge traffic spike yesterday. Looking at the traffic sources, Stumble Upon topped the leader board. Unfortunately, the bounce rate was horrible and the average time spent on the site is less than a minute! Imagine that.

A recent study was also conducted that people watching Youtube videos judge the whole video on the first 20 seconds. If those first seconds sucks, they’ll switch to the other video, if it’s entertaining then they’ll finish it.

With that said, we can declare that most people online has Attentionitis.


Nope, at the moment, there’s no world wide cure going on so if you are selling or want to give a certain information…

“Do it shorter because less is more. Speed matters.”

On a side note, Blaise Pascal, a French mathematician and philosopher once said to his friend in a letter “I have made this letter longer than usual, only because I have not had time to make it shorter.”

But shorter is harder.

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23 Comments Add yours
  1. Jerry
    May 19, 2008
    9:50 pm #comment-1

    This post was too long. I didn’t finish reading it.

    Actually I did, because I’m a sucker for quizzes. The point being, if I’m hooked at the beginning, I’ll stick with it longer. I don’t think people are short on attention — they just need something to arrest their attention and focus it, which is not easy to do. I’m thinking of changing my landing page into a hypno-wheel.

    Thanks for the post — good reading.

    • newbie blogger pinoy
      August 23, 2010
      7:30 pm #comment-2

      ive got the logic carl..such a nice post..you are so smart..you are professional..you really deserve the authority of making money online..thats him people..carl ocab..great info brother carl..

  2. This post has been featured in FullTiltBlogging.com’s Daily Blog Summary today. Great post!

  3. Ganesh
    May 20, 2008
    2:30 pm #comment-4

    I am sure that I don’t suffer from Attentionitis. When I’m overloaded with too much information I usually shut down the PC and do something else. If I can’t focus, I usually don’t do it. Anyway great post.

  4. Tom - StandOutBlogger.com
    May 20, 2008
    3:24 pm #comment-5

    Great post carl! I got 2 right :D

    I think the only way you can successfully have long posts on your blog is if you grab their attention in the first paragraph.

  5. jobs
    May 21, 2008
    2:30 pm #comment-6

    haha… interesting question in ur article.
    when u got something interesting in ur article, no matter long or short the article is, people might still finish reading it.
    good luck~

  6. space code
    May 21, 2008
    5:48 pm #comment-7

    I only got one right. and that was because I heard of it before. hehehe

  7. Sangeeth
    May 23, 2008
    4:10 am #comment-8

    Oopppsss I got all the three wrong :( guess i am infected with the disease. Very nice post carlo. The content really matters….long or short..but i guess psycologically ppl tend to read shorter articles than one flowing thru pages ;)

  8. slippers
    May 23, 2008
    10:36 pm #comment-9

    funny question XD
    looking forward for more funny stuff in your blog.

  9. I blew each question but when I asked others they got a few correct. I guess I was just lame.

  10. malcolm
    May 27, 2008
    12:12 am #comment-11

    I only got one right, but whatever. your site looks pretty cool. Hey I wanted to know if you could check out my site called:healthlifeandmoney.blogspot.com. Eveybody take a look at it and make sure to stay updated becusae I will continue to add more info soon.

  11. Gian Paolo
    May 27, 2008
    5:34 pm #comment-12

    Oh no, all of my answers were wrong! What’s worse than a long post is a long post made out of one large block of text. Some people just can’t break things into paragraphs.

  12. Rajaie AlKorani
    June 1, 2008
    11:25 am #comment-13

    I didn’t answer any of the questions! Although it’s funny because I just wrote a similar topic a few days ago. Don’t Stuff Your Readers With Too Much

  13. The Auctioneer
    August 7, 2008
    9:43 am #comment-14

    K.I.S.S……keep it simple short…..i agree to this….

  14. francis
    May 30, 2010
    9:05 pm #comment-15

    I felt bad because i didn’t get any of the answers right–but you got the point across, or should i say i got it. This is really true and I will work on it. Thanks for the tip.

  15. David
    June 17, 2010
    2:02 am #comment-16

    I would say shorter isn’t necessarily better in all cases. You can easily cater to people with both short attention spans and long attention spans within the same pieces of writing.

    For example, all newspapers will do this by placing the most interesting parts of the stories at the beginning, then each paragraph will slowly become either less and less interesting or relevant to the page title.

    This allows for people with short attention spans to drop off as soon as they’ve read the first paragraph and read just what they want to read, and it also allows for those who are interested in more information to continue on.

  16. lex
    August 20, 2010
    3:13 am #comment-17

    gosh i only got one answer right, really funny though. :)


  17. rommel
    September 25, 2010
    8:49 am #comment-18

    I failed to answer right for the three questions… too bad for me… but anyway.. great post… i got the point! Cool man…

  18. Mike
    February 10, 2011
    5:21 am #comment-19

    I think Im infected. Haha!

  19. Carl i think short and long post doesn’t matters very much .The Only thing matters is your post is enough powerful to attract visitors mind and make him to think… what u think

  20. Mike @hemorrhoidsnomore
    May 25, 2011
    6:09 pm #comment-21

    As usual carl,
    you’re a genius. See the way you captured my attention until
    i read till the end. You made my day and I pray I don’t suffer from this
    disease. Lol!

  21. How to solve a rubiks cube
    June 23, 2011
    3:52 am #comment-22

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  22. Louie
    December 7, 2011
    10:14 am #comment-23

    Not only ‘shorter is better’ but also ‘more organized is better’

    Headings should be strategically placed in the article because a LOT of people decide to read an article based on the headings.

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