How Long Is TL;DR To You?
Towards the end of last year I did a column on the TL;DR mentality of a lot of people on the internet, intentionally keeping it short so as to entice as many people as possible to view it.
Recently I’ve noticed that a lot of people have been doing it again, where they see something that’s slightly long and decide they’re not going to bother with it.
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Now some might argue that time is an issue because obviously, time is money as they say, but I tend to disagree. See, I have my own belief about taking the time to read long things. I think that if something is worth your time, and you benefit from it, then it’s time well-spent. Most of these people are too busy killing hours of their lives on Facebook anyway, so really what it is is laziness.
Allow me to share some examples of what I consider to be worth the length.
Sometimes it’s nice to take a stroll through a long and detailed discourse rather than spend a few seconds dabbling in a shorter piece. News is meant to be short and informative. Opinion? Not so much. Ooh, question for next week! Anyway, for today we want to know from you, at what point do you just stop and say no to reading whatever it is you’ve just opened?
Does it even have anything to do with how long the article is? For me, I have to say I’ll read anything of any length but for the most part I find a thousand words to be the sweet spot, by observing reactions to opinions on the site. Hit up the comments and tell us what you think.