Our attention span is now shorter than the average pet fish
Hands up if you can survive the wait for your morning latte without a sneaky check of Snapchat? Considering your goldfish has a longer attention span than you, it’s pretty impressive if you can. Seriously.
A study by Microsoft revealed that, thanks to the explosion of digital tech in recent years, our ability to focus has dropped from 12 seconds to eight – one whole second less than the average pet fish.
While the study also noted we’ve gotten a lot better at multitasking, it’d be nice if we could get through a lunch date without looking at our smartphones.
Mindful meditation is a sure-fire way to get that attention span of yours back on track, but a paper in NeuroRegulation found that dark chocolate can also give your concentration a boost. Phone vs. choccie? We’ll go with the chocolate!
This story appeared in the August issue of Women’s Fitness.