'Impatient Nation': Attention Span Loss in U.S.

Inability to wait documented across the country.
1:50 | 03/01/12

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Transcript for 'Impatient Nation': Attention Span Loss in U.S.
Do you remember a time when you waited for that special letter or looked forward to an exciting phone call. What Carly Simon might have identified as the -- of anticipation. Well if you think those days are gone. You are so right today we learned exactly how long this impatient nation is willing to wait here's ABC's David Wright. How long are you willing to wait for an answer Jane austen's pride and prejudice mr. Darcy delivers his letter to mr. Bennett on page 201. They don't even discuss it until page 375. Several months and a thousand -- later. Time moves a lot quicker in this era of instant messages and text we live our lives in fast forward even more so than we realize. We want it now 250. Milliseconds. That's long Google says people are willing to wait for an answer. 250. Milliseconds less than the blink of denied any delay and users just move on but progress has come at a cost delicious anticipation. -- well if Snow White had matched dot com she wouldn't have gotten to serenade the seven dwarfs. And then he thanked me. Desire -- fast forward to the kids doesn't just jeopardize romance. We speed date politicians to. I believe your visit working in Europe researchers -- the Max plank institute recently found that we make up our minds in. Guess what 250 milliseconds. I believe that America got right. The -- a politicians even finished -- sound -- perhaps there's something to be said for slowing down. 250 milliseconds goes by awfully fast David Wright ABC news Los Angeles.

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