Thursday 22 March 2018

Smart phones have reduced our attention spans to that of a goldfish


Andrea Slevin

Smartphones have left us with such a short attention span that even a goldfish would be able to maintain a thought for longer, new research has revealed.

The study found that the average human attention span has fallen from 12 seconds in 2000 to 8 seconds in 2015 which is one second less than that of a goldfish.

The survey carried out by Microsoft found that many will not even make it to the end of this article as 17pc of all page views last just four seconds or less.

"[People] with more digital lifestyles struggle to focus in environments where prolonged attention is needed," the study says.

The research found that early exposure to television in childhood is associated with later attention problems such as disorganisation and distractibility.

Read more: The 7 ways your smartphone is making you ill

Microsoft’s research did find our abilities to multitask have improved.

"While digital lifestyles decrease sustained attention overall, it’s only true in the long-term. Early adopters and heavy social media user’s front load their attention and have more intermittent bursts of high attention,” the study read.

"They’re better at identifying what they want/don’t want to engage with and need less to process and commit things to memory."

So what can you do to improve your attention span? That’s easy here are 5 simple things you can do to help.

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