Attention Spans Getting Shorter!

Weatherhead, Rob. The Guardian. March 19, 2012. Web. September 18, 2013. http://www.theguardian.com/media-network/media-network-blog/2012/mar/19/attention-span-internet-consumer

In this article, the author talks about how attention spans for the current generation are getting shorter due to the Internet. With everything a simple click away, students no longer need to focus on one task for a long period of time. Because the current generation lives in an age of “instant gratification and quick fixes” critical thinking is no longer required like it was even a generation earlier. The article seems non-biased and aims to present the readers a fact, and then aims to give them a few pointers on how to structure a web page to maximize viewers. This source, at least the first half of the article, is useful to my essay. It provides hyperlinks to the author’s sources to back up his facts, which is great for further research on this topic (it even links to the initial study). I already figured that attention spans for the current and likely future generations were getting shorter, so this article doesn’t necessarily provide any new information as a whole, but I feel it is a good starting point for my research.

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