Our average attention span is now 8 seconds – 1 second less than a goldfish!

The average attention span of a human being has dropped from 12 seconds in 2000 to 8 seconds in 2013. This is one second less than the attention span of a goldfish.

That’s right, goldfish have an attention span of 9 seconds – 1 second more than you and I.

Is this true? I don’t know. I’m not a goldfish. They look like they are listening longer.  Their eyes are open and they seem to be attentive.

As a human, I know I’ve dropped off the audio radar within 8 seconds.  (Never with you, but with others.)

I’m paddling my fins here in favor of dialogue —that is,  asking small groups of 2-4 to visit about a question we’ve asked. Then we can facilitate their answers and insights.

It’s usually better than lecture, at least after 8 seconds, unless the speaker is clever, or funny, or both.

If you have a lecture, please make it quick and concise and clear and interesting. Then go to questions.

If not.  Just go straight to questions. Your listeners will love you for it.

My 2013 Sealegs blog about lectures.

Goldfish info source. 

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