I want to share with you a snapshot of what my life was like about a couple of years ago.
Picture this: I’m at my computer working, when I hear a notification from my phone that I have a new text message. I quickly check it and send a reply. While waiting for a response, I mindlessly open Facebook, because I have to admit…. I really hate all those numbers of notifications staring back at me. A friend has tagged me in a post because letting me know that I would like a restaurant she just dined at. Next thing I know, I’m on Yelp to check out the reviews. I feel the phone vibrate and see that my sister has replied to my text. Before I have a chance to respond, out of the corner of my eye I see that I have a new email on my computer. I put down my phone to read it, and suddenly ask myself:
Research from the Microsoft Company has found that the average attention span of a human is now only 8 seconds, whereas in 2000 it was 12 seconds.
Yes, it’s sad but true, our attention spans are now shorter than that of a goldfish.
It’s the exponential upswing in our electronics usage that has been blamed for the plummet in our attention spans. And based on my personal experience and knowledge of the brain, I agree.
I had to take an honest look at my electronics usage and make some changes. I cringe thinking about the hours of time I have wasted.
Fast forward to today:
BUT.... reducing distractions and being present in the moment have been invaluable to me, both personally and professionally.
And now I’m pretty sure my attention span is longer than a goldfish’s.
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