Famous literary artists have notated that the very act of skimming online articles which are writing in a blurb like fashion, has the effect of diminishing the readers attention span!
Now, we live in the age of 10 seconds or you loose'em video clips. As you can imagine this has only made us even more impatient.
That's what this whole thing is really about, self control, which allows us to becomes more present inside our own lives which then leads to having more patience.
Many wise men through out our recorded history have said, that being aware from civilization for a time is important because it gives the mind a chance to wander.