Accepting the New: Human Attention Span

Last Update: August 08, 2020

According to a Microsoft study, "the average humanbeing now has an attention span of eight seconds. This is a sharp decrease from the average attention span of 12 seconds in the year 2000." Surprisingly, researchers are saying that this rate of decline will be in the 88 percent per year.

We live in an ultra fast paced world where everybody is on the go, human beings are trying to keep up with Artificial Intelligence (AI) by automation, there are increases in the use of Smart Homes, and the new generation are writing bestselling books that are short and straight to the point.
I can't stop to wonder why can't we accept this New normal that people no longer have neither the time nor the patience to sit and ready an article, research studies, and exam study material. Let alone read a blog post.

This is Old.


This is new.


Personally, I think that the Attention Deficit Hyperactiviy Disorder (ADHD) gene has been turned on either by the bad food we have been poisoned with or the chemical we have been exposed to as drugs.
if you're going to write anything more than 1000 or max 1200 words, people should divide it to volume 1, 2, etc or call it episodes whatever you like.

Honestly, I'm disappointed with google and other search engines, including researchers and higher educational systems that make people go through the pain and suffering writing articles, essays, and what know what.

Because, the time is already yeah when nobody read this stuffs which is evident with Audiobooks, Automation, and AI.

Final thought

We are in the era of new evolution. Those that adapt to change by writing short and sweet post, automation of content writing, and social media campaigns, etc.

If we don't adapt or evolve with the New, we are going to be left behind or become extinct like those bricks and mortar stores that fail to adapt leading to their end while Amazon strive.

Thanks for reading by informal post from hanging with a client in a park and asking myself this question. How do I defy gravity? Is it by following the status quo or going against the ocean current.

What do you think? I will love to hear your comments.

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ElizeS Premium
Absolutely true Benson.
I was just having a very frustrating conversation with my son who want to go and study English literature and go into teaching English literature. Fewer students would analyse text and books in the future.
This evolution is happening under our noses and we are too slow to catch on. I find that some of my competitors have much shorter articles.
Thanks for raising the awareness.

Elize
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BensonE Premium
Hi Elize,
You’re very welcome.
Keep talking to him and don’t worry, he will thank you someday. You’re right to see that our career choice is very important if the younger ones will survive or dominate the future

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Joezout Premium
I know WA teaches us to write 1000+ words, and Google seems to love long posts, but I have never agreed with either. My posts are generally between 800 and 1,000 words, I still get indexed but I haven't checked rank. My question is of those ranked higher, I wonder how long the posts are and do people really bother to read all of them. I know I don't like long posts when I read on the Internet.

Joe
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BensonE Premium
Agreed. If someone like me that love to read is burned out after medical school, trust me millions of people too have lost interest especially with the new generation. Pinterest and the rest are evidences that nobody wants to be murder by Lengthy articles.
Thanks for seeing things with me because I thought maybe I’m the only one.

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Feochadan Premium Plus
You are exactly correct and I’ve been saying this for a year. People, you need to get on the Tik Tok train and do it fast. Google is about to buy it and it’s going to SURGE ahead of where it is now. Early adopters will have a head start.
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BensonE Premium
I should get an account with Tik Tom. With the threat of banning tik Tok from Trump, do you think that will happen?
Anyway, thanks I will check it out and join the new.

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Feochadan Premium Plus
Trump is just being the gorilla and thumping his chest about tik tok. He CANT ban a private corporation. It’s just his usual BS with China. Now that Tik Tok has it’s corporate offices in CA and if the purchase with Google goes through, I would LOVE to see him even try
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LMH1968 Premium Plus
I write short post. Normally around the 1,000 words mark.
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