Attention Span Statistics
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Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, The Associated Press
Research Date: March 18th, 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?

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Attention Span Statistics Data
The average attention span in 2013 8 seconds
The average attention span in 2000 12 seconds
The average attention span of a gold fish 9 seconds
Percent of teens who forget major details of close friends and relatives 25 %
Percent of people who forget their own birthdays from time to time 7 %
Average number of times per hour an office worker checks their email inbox 30
Average length watched of a single internet video 2.7 minutes
Internet Browsing Statistics (Taken from 59,573 page views)  
Percent of page views that last less than 4 seconds 17 %
Percent of page views that lasted more than 10 minutes 4 %
Percent of words read on web pages with 111 words or less 49 %
Percent of words read on an average (593 words) web page 28 %
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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