Yesterday was the 14th day of competition, and somehow there were still four days to go. If it was beginning to feel like a slog, that’s because it was. There has never been a longer Winter Olympics.

Everything is too long these days. College football is too long. Movies are too long. Tweets are way too long. We have shorter attention spans than ever, and because of the way technology is constantly rewiring our brains—oh, whatever, you already know what this sentence is going to say. It was also going to be too long: