Why patience pays off

Art history students at Harvard University almost always have a boring first day. Their task, says Prof Jennifer Roberts, is to go to the local museum, choose a favourite piece of art, then sit down and look at it – for three full hours.If the thought of that doesn’t scare you just a little, count yourself lucky. We’ve become so used to getting our whims fulfilled immediately by the internet that attention spans have fallen by a third since 2000.Prof Roberts knows the task is boring and that three hours is a 'painfully long time’. But her purpose isn’t to...

Art history students at Harvard University almost always have a boring first day. Their task, says Prof Jennifer Roberts, is to go to the local museum, choose a favourite piece of art, then sit down and look at it – for three full hours.

If the thought of that doesn’t scare you just a little, count yourself lucky. We’ve become so used to getting our whims fulfilled immediately by the internet that attention spans have fallen by a third since 2000.

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