Study: The Average American Attention Span Is Now 8 Seconds – Lower Than a Goldfish

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Editor’s Note: Wow… just… wow. Guess we should all be glad if we have more than eight seconds to read this article, huh?


A study from Microsoft involving more than 2,000 people has found that the average attention span has dipped to a low 8 seconds – down from 12 seconds in 2000. A goldfish has an attention span of 9 seconds.

There are many effects from smartphones and the like on the human body which are never written about. Information technology (IT) is much more powerful in unrecognized ways than is generally acknowledged.

Because these various IT devices are often very close to a person’s body, they can and do have profound effects on the human bioelectric field. The key factor in this ever-intensifying dynamic between human and technology is the length of time of daily interaction.

In other words, picking up a cellphone to make a couple of calls a day is one thing; being tied to your smartphone 24 hour a day, 7 days a week is something altogether different. Herein lies one of the key causes of the shrinking attention span. Additionally, constant exposure to cell phones near our heads may be dangerous.

(read more at Natural Society)

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  • Joe Lizak

    Those people on cell phones 24 hours a day, a short attention span isn’t the only thing shrinking.

  • James Wood

    Yeah, used to once be roughly 3 minutes…the time it took for [the normal] modern man to ejeculate. A couple of commercials and back to the TV.

  • valerie

    I’ve said this in other threads and comment sections and when I tell people I use shungite, black tourmaline and flourite as a means of shielding against these harmful frequencies, they mock me and call me a hippie loon in which I’m not. I keep an open mind at all times and make sure there is a grounds for what I put into practice.

    • Smarty

      How do you take these supplements, and how are they supposed to help ?

      • valerie

        They are crystals/stones. Look up the shielding properties of shungite and flourite. Just by having them near your computer is highly beneficial. Shungite is extrememly powerful in cleaning your personal environment of electro-pollution.

    • As long as ones cellphone usages are kept short, there is little concern about microwave exposure. Those whose ears are getting noticeably warm should heed the warning, since their brains are feeling the heating as well.

  • Plextt

    Wow, very interesting.

  • James

    Fishing out on the reefs in the day time. Looking down into the water. I have noticed that reef fish can stare at your bait for 45 min. or longer before making up there minds if they want caught or not. They have a long attention span compaired to mans.

  • Nuke Pro

    What was this article about? I love fishing, LOL

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  • Break out the Ritalin!

  • Diane Dina

    Goldfish are a heck of a lot smarter and more sociable than the zombies addicted to cell phones.