Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, The Associated Press
Research Date: April 2nd, 2015
Attention span is the amount of concentrated time on a task without becoming distracted. Most educators and psychologists agree that the ability to focus attention on a task is crucial for the achievement of one's goals. It's no surprise attention spans have been decreasing over the past decade with the increase in external stimulation. Questions: What is the average human attention span? How long in seconds is the average attention span?
Attention Span Statistics
The average attention span in 2015
The average attention span in 2000
The average attention span of a gold fish
Percent of teens who forget major details of close friends and relatives
Percent of people who forget their own birthdays from time to time
Average number of times per hour an office worker checks their email inbox
Average length watched of a single internet video
Internet Browsing Statistics (Taken from 59,573 page views)
Percent of page views that last less than 4 seconds
Percent of page views that lasted more than 10 minutes
Percent of words read on web pages with 111 words or less
Percent of words read on an average (593 words) web page
Users spend only 4.4 seconds more for each additional 100 words
Source: Harald Weinreich, Hartmut Obendorf, Eelco Herder, and Matthias Mayer: “Not Quite the Average: An Empirical Study of Web Use,” in the ACM Transactions on the Web, vol. 2, no. 1 (February 2008), article #5.
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