Humans Have Smaller Attention Spans then a Goldfish
Did you say something? According to a new report from Microsoft, humans now have shorter attention spans than goldfish.
Apparently goldfish can concentrate on something for 9 seconds, while humans can now only hold focus on something for 8 seconds (a decrease in four seconds since 2000).
According to the NY Daily News the reason for our reduced attention spans shouldn't be a big surprise – it’s technology. Because we are plugged in all the time, we have actually become better at multi-tasking than we are at focusing on just one task.
"Ten years ago, the only thing I checked was my phone and my one email," says Dr. Larry Rosen, an expert in technology addiction and professor at California State University. "Now it's a constant need to check in that's causing our problem. It's anxiety about not keeping up."