Be honest! What is your attention span? Noted social media guru Beth Kanter reflects on “How To Train Your Attention and Be Effective When Working Online”
Take a guess. Be honest. How long can you pay attention when working online before your mind wanders?
According to the Statistic Brain site list of attention span stats, in 2000 we had a 12 second attention span compared with an 8 second attention in 2013. To put this context, a gold fish has an attention span of 9 seconds! Attention span is the amount of concentrated time on a task without becoming distracted. Most educators and psychologists agree that the ability to focus attention on a task is crucial for the achievement of one’s goals. It’s no surprise attention spans have been decreasing over the past decade with the increase in external stimulation – social media, mobile phones, and the flood of online information.
What’s making our human brains like those of gold fish?
Hint… look at the graphic she uses in the article.