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Human Attention Span Now Lags Behind Goldfish: Microsoft Study

By    |   Friday, 15 May 2015 12:19 PM

From the Strange-But-True Department: Microsoft researchers have conducted a study showing that goldfish have longer attention spans that humans, thanks in part to modern technology.

The findings, published on the tech titan’s website, analyzed three types of human attention: sustained (prolonged focus), selective (maintaining focus despite distractions) and alternating (shifting attention between tasks or stimuli), Medical Xpress reports.

Researchers surveyed 200 people and performed brains scans on 112 volunteers as they played games designed to measure attention spans.

The results showed the average attention span for the respondents and volunteers was just eight seconds, down from twelve back in 2000, and one second shorter than the average goldfish.

They also found using multiple screens (such as a phone while watching TV on another screen) tend to have difficulty with filtering information that is coming at them on any of their devices.

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