Time to Write Now By Julaina Kleist-Corwin

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Our Attention Spans Are Decreasing

Surfing the web over globeAs I was surfing the web today, I copied the following quote and forgot where I found it.

“According to a study done by Microsoft this year, it was determined that the average human attention span is 8 seconds.

It’s gone from 12 seconds, which was reported in 2000, to 8 seconds in which you have to grab your prospect’s attention.”

I have noticed that I don’t read  on-line articles or blog posts if they are longer than a couple paragraphs unless the information is a class I’m taking.  My new habit is to skim or read the first sentence in each paragraph and then move on.

I think my 8 seconds is up for this post. See you tomorrow.


Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Editor of Written Across the Genres

Author of Hada’s Fog

Surfing the web on a monitor



  1. Gary Lea says:

    The article appears on medical daily (and probably other places). Kind of weird that you forgot where you saw and article about reduced attention span. I find that I am skimming things more and more. I doubt if I’ve ever read as fast as I do now. There’s just way too much. One cannot focus on anything without something else clamoring for attention.

  2. ladywinfred says:

    You lost me on “According to a study done by Microsoft this year, it was determined that the aver….

  3. That long, eh? I knew we were a lost people when Pop Tarts gave microwave directions (3 seconds).

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