If you find that you can’t sit through a two-hour political debate … or even get to the end of a short news recap without your eyes glazing over … you’re not alone. And it’s not even because of who’s talking or what they’re saying!
As it turns out, science is on your side …
Research from a recent Microsoft study suggests that the average attention span has fallen dramatically during the past decade-plus.
Using data from surveys and EEG scans, researchers found that participants’ attention spans decreased from 12 seconds back in 2000 … to just 8 seconds in 2013.
This 33% decrease puts the average human being’s attention span at one second less than that of a simple goldfish.
This goldfish may be able to pay attention one second longer than the average human
Smartphones and the avalanche of content we’re bombarded with daily were two of the major culprits behind the decline.
But this isn’t just a problem of the young — the study found that attention spans are falling across generations.
Today, many of us find ourselves compulsively checking our smartphones — sometimes every minute or less. Millions of apps and access to the Internet in our pocket create the perfect storm for unlimited distractions.
Social media access at our fingertips is even causing medical institutions to warn of "social media addiction."
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In 2012, researchers from the University of Bergen conducted a first-of-its-kind study about the ways in which people develop Facebook dependency.
Researchers linked social media use to the reward center of the brain that’s associated with preservation of our social reputation. Whereas another preliminary study found compulsive Internet use may induce changes in some brain reward pathways that are similar to drug addiction.
As an investor, you’ve probably noticed that smartphone sales are falling. But don’t be fooled — that doesn’t mean they are losing their popularity. It’s because most people already have one glued to their hand.
Last year in the U.S., more than 72% of the population reported owning a smartphone. This saturation of smartphones has overtaken our society in just the previous decade — we really don’t know the consequences both short and long term.
Do you personally find yourself a slave to your smartphone, social media or any other form of technology?
How about your children or someone you know?
Have you noticed your attention span getting shorter as the amount of information you are processing grows?
Please leave a comment in the comment section below to further this discussion and share with other readers effective ways you handle the new technology age we live in.
That’s all for today!
Happy and healthy investing,