A recent article in the Boston Globe draws attention to our propensity for distraction by our bustling, buzzing, electronic modern world. The article cites a study that found “students, when left to their own devices, are unable to focus on homework for more than two minutes without turning to Web surfing or e-mail. Adults in the workforce can make it to about 11 minutes.” (Ahem: are you supposed to be working right now?)
But good news! There seems to be a cure for this:
Jennifer Roberts, a professor of the history of art and architecture at Harvard, thinks she has a fairly simple solution to help her American art history students appreciate the act of focusing: They must pick any painting, sculpture, or object made by an American artist and stare at it — for three hours.
Well, we hope this has provided a delightful online distraction for your day. Now… go look at a painting!