Go to your Facebook page. What do you see? If you’re like most people, you see a long mess of status updates, photos and videos that you quickly skim through whenever you get bored. What you might not have known is that this sensory overload and all of that jumping from one status to the next can have harmful effects on your attention span. Since the year 2000, the number of Internet users in this country has increased by more than 120 percent. In that same time frame, the average attention span of someone in this country has been reduced by 40 percent, from 12 seconds to 8 seconds. While these are two different studies, the correlation is clear. All of that sensory overload has frayed our brains to the point where we can’t stand to focus on anything for too long without wanting to move on and find something else.
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