Staring At Glowing Rectangles

Staring At Glowing Rectangles

The Onion 'reports' that we're spending 90% of our waking hours staring at glowing rectangles...

Dan Gould
  • 17 june 2009

The Onion ‘reports’ that we’re spending 90% of our waking hours staring at glowing rectangles:

A new report published this week by researchers at Stanford University suggests that Americans spend the vast majority of each day staring at, interacting with, and deriving satisfaction from glowing rectangles.

“From the moment they wake up in the morning, to the moment they lose consciousness at night, Americans are in near-constant visual contact with bright, pulsating rectangles,” said Dr. Richard Menken, lead author of the report, looking up briefly from the gleaming quadrangle that sits on his desk. “In fact, it’s hard to find a single minute during which the American public is not completely captivated by these shining…these dazzling….”

“I’m sorry,” Menken continued. “What were we discussing again?”

According to the report, staring blankly at luminescent rectangles is an increasingly central part of modern life. At work, special information rectangles help men and women silently complete any number of business-related tasks, while entertainment rectangles—larger and louder and often placed inside the home—allow Americans to enter a relaxing trance-like state after a long day of rectangle-gazing.

The Onion: “90% Of Waking Hours Spent Staring At Glowing Rectangles”


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