Have attention spans been declining?

The author explores the topic of whether individual attention spans have been declining over the past two decades, particularly due to the rise of the internet. They review related research and find that attention spans may indeed be decreasing, which could have worrisome implications for knowledge work in industrialized societies. The author became interested in the topic after observing their own struggles with productivity while connected to the internet and hearing similar reports from others. They discuss various metrics and tests used to measure attention span but note a lack of long-term studies to determine whether attention spans have actually declined.


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