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Absorbing information and retaining it is something I wish I could do. But, try as I might, I just can't do it. I can remember a few things here and there, but for the most part, I can't remember jack shit. I've always had problems with reading and remembering what I've read, but it seems to have gotten even worse as I get older. I'm only 24, but I'm pretty sure my studying was much more effective when I was 17. Still, my studying was never truly effective. Dry and scholarly readings especially pose a problem, but I even have problems with standard layperson readings as well. My attention is like a bad electrical connection, going in and out, mostly out. If I was reading something, and someone asked me what I just read, I could honestly answer, "I don't know."
On our trip to Washington D.C., at all the museums, you might as well be piping in a recording of some guy speaking inane gibberish into my consciousness, because there's no way I'm making sense of the information overload present in these places. I remember seeing the exhibits, but there's no way in hell I'm remembering the text accompanying those exhibits.
I don't know. It's not like there's much I can do about this damning problem. Shakespeare is impossible to understand.
Much to my dismay, the problem even extends into listening to normal speech. I think I've always had issues with this as well, but it's gotten substantially worse. My attention cuts in and out while someone is talking to me about something. I feel like an idiot. I don't remember what they just said to me. Sometimes I do remember. But many times, I do not. My memory is the foggiest of things, and often I can only barely remember information. I especially have a problem with movies. Often enough, for some stupid reason, I fail to grasp what the characters are saying. And I also sometimes have difficulty understanding someone who is speaking plain English.
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What about things you find fascinating, do you absorb information well in those cases?
Perhaps something happened recently in life that causes a "fade in, fade out" symptom. I don't think it's unusual to not remember more than one or three things from every article you read. If you have to write or talk about it, the bullshit mechanism goes into overdrive to help fill in the gaps. I think that's what most people do.