April 16, 2019
The age of the smartphone has led to a generation of people with shorter attention spans as ‘information overload’ makes us get bored more quickly, experts say.
Rapid access to data – whether in the form of social media or round-the-clock news – is leading to increasingly ‘narrow’ peaks of collective attention, they warn.
Scientists studied data on social media posts, online searches, book and movie sales as well as academic studies.
They found that our collective attention span – as demonstrated by peaks of interest in particular topics online, for example – has decreased over the year.
As people are more rapidly made aware of something happening, they tend to lose interest more quickly, experts say.
The findings do not necessarily mean that our individual attention spans have become shorter but this is an avenue for further researcher, they add.
This article was posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 4:43 am