Have you ever seen the letters – TL;DR? They often show up in the comment section of a social media post or on a discussion group. They mean – “Too Long; Didn’t Read”. When I saw this acronym the other day, it made me realize just how much the world has become so full of short blasts of information that are rich in graphics but often poor in depth of content. You know what I’m talking about, right? Those swirly brightly colored sayings that pop up daily on Instagram, facebook or Pinterest. Simple, short pithy thoughts that may be true, but don’t give much real insight or guidance as to how to actually make the sentiment stick in your life.
It seems like that today anything that stretches beyond three sentences –let alone three paragraphs or certainly not, three pages- rarely seems worth the investment of time it takes to decipher the point and digest the author’s meaning. Occasionally when a lengthy article does make the rounds, it’s often preceded with an apology as in, ‘This is long, but worth the read…’ or ‘Regrets in advance for the length of this post.” While it’s great to have a take-away nugget to put in your pocket that’s less than 140 characters, (I mean, who isn’t busy these days), the increasing corporate lack of ability to focus on anything for very long has detrimental implications for believers that goes far beyond social media interaction.