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Can You Give Me Eight Seconds?

Can You Give Me Eight Seconds?This post on our shrinking attention span first appeared on Mona Andrei’s personal blog, Moxie-Dude

So. According to a really lengthy study – a study so long that I could barely finish reading it without losing my concentration – the average attention span is just over eight seconds.

Allow me to rephrase that in case you’re a really slow reader and couldn’t get through the above sentence without veering your thoughts towards food or something:


Do you know what this means? This means that we aren’t humans at all. We’re goldfish.

And while eight seconds really doesn’t seem like a long time, do you realize how much can get done in eight seconds?

I can check email, stalk friends on Facebook, plan dinner (usually Triscuits), look out my window, check text messages on my phone AND still have a few seconds left over to feel guilty about all the work I should have been doing during the previous eight seconds. Which, of course, leads to the next 8-second spurt of focused concentration.

The good news is that even though our attention spans have decreased from a whopping twelve seconds to a mere eight seconds, we’ve become talented multitaskers (as demonstrated above).

I’m going to end this post here because I KNOW y’all aren’t paying attention anymore. Or maybe it’s just me. I need to do laundry. And where are my keys?