Snap judgments

“… hasty feet miss the way!” (Prov.19:2b TNIV)

“‘New research shows that surfers can judge a Web site in a snappy 50 milliseconds. … When they repeated the exercise after a longer viewing period, the participants’ ratings were consistent. Visual appeal can be assessed within 50 milliseconds, suggesting that web designers have about 50 milliseconds to make a good impression,’ the Canadians report in the journal Behaviour & Information Technology. … It takes about 50 milliseconds to read one word … The study also reflects the so-called halo effect, where an initial bias towards something drives subsequent judgements. … ‘This suggests that we make very quick judgements based on some sort of emotional reaction and our more considered judgements still reflect that first impression,’ he [Dr. von Hippel] said.”

Don’t assume others are any slower in judging our lives as Christians, either.

“Live an exemplary life among [them] so that your actions will refute their prejudices. Then they’ll be won over to God’s side and be there to join in the celebration when he arrives.” (1 Peter 2:12 The Message)