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Humans Now Have Shorter Attention Spans Than Goldfish

No disrespect to goldfish, but we’ve always fancied ourselves a more evolved species.

Well, the little guys have got us beat in at least one category: Attention span.

A new study by the Microsoft Corporation found that while the average attention span of a human is eight seconds, the average attention span of a goldfish is nine seconds.

What’s to blame? Smartphones, probably. In 2000, at the beginning of the mobile phone craze, the average human attention span was 12 seconds. Sixteen years later, our brains have become so over stimulated that we can’t even focus as long as the prize given out at kids’ birthday parties.

It’s not all bad, though. The same study found that our reliance on mobile technology has improved our ability to multitask.

In other words, while we might not be able to finish an episode of  Game of Thrones without checking Instagram seven times, at least we now have the ability to do so without accidentally dropping our phone in the toilet. 

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