Tagged: attention spans

Shopping and shorter attention spans?

Hamm, Trent. The Christian Science Monitor. Web. October 10, 2013. Seen October 30, 2013.

Coincidentally enough, the author of this post is a guest blogger! Anyway, the author brings another perspective to the shorter attention spans we have today that I never thought of: shopping. According to the author, he says that people should take 10 seconds to think before making an impulsive purchase, because the shopper can usually talk him/herself out of it. But since 2000, attentions spans have gone down 33%, from more than 10 seconds to less than 10 seconds. This means that people will probably be making more impulsive purchases (according to the author’s “10 second rule”). He then gives three things that he does to help improve his attention span. They are single-tasking more, doing activities that require more focus, and prayer and meditation. I don’t know exactly how much the last one helps, but hey, whatever he thinks helps him, go for it.

As we do more and more of these annotated bibliographies, it is getting a little harder to find really credible sources because they all pretty much say the same thing about this topic. It is a pretty much a fact that our attention spans are getting shorter at this point.

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Technology vs. Attention Spans

Jeffries, Duncan. The Guadian. March 11, 2013. October 17, 2013. Web.<http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/teacher-blog/2013/mar/11/technology-internet-pupil-attention-teaching&gt;

This article pretty much just rehashes a study done by Pew Research Center, and also brings in another researches done and talks about them. One researcher stated that, while young children do have the ability to have longer periods of concentration, leaving them alone with technology can be detrimental because they do not acquire the ability to communicate with people. Another researcher compared two groups of people, one that moved into an urban down and another that lived a “traditional existence”. The researcher said that the urbanized group did not fall far out of her expectations, but she was surprised at the traditional group at how exceptional they were able to concentrate on one thing for a long time. And yet another researcher said that there is no doubt that technology has hindered children’s ability to learn do to the fact that answers no longer have to be researched; a simple Google search will do.

Neither of these new studies are all that groundbreaking, but when almost every research agrees that technology has hindered attention span today, not much really would be.

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.