Attention span

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Attention span is the amount of time a person can concentrate on a single activity. The ability to focus one's mental or other efforts on an object is generally considered to be of prime importance to the achievement of goals. People usually have a longer attention span when they are doing something that they enjoy.

In a study of 2,600 children ages 1 to 3 published in 2004, a team of researchers from University of Washington found that early exposure to television may have a negative impact on attention span.[1][2] It has also been suggested that internet browsing can have a similar effect. [3]


  1. [1] Abstract of the study published in the journal Pediatrics
  2. [2] An editorial about the UW study by Suzanne Fields in The Washington Times
  3. [3] BBC article on how the internet affects attention span