I read an article today by Erik Oster talking about Generation Z.
I didn’t know we had arrived to Z yet, but it’s here. This is the generation after the “Millennials”, this is the 19 and younger social networking savants that discover, test and discard new apps before I even get around to finding them.
One of the items in his article is an infographic that condenses a whole lot of research into one very visual package. The research shows that the average American’s attention span is 8 seconds.
So if you’re American, you might not have made it this far. Kidding, but not really kidding.
Can you imagine – this is an average, which by definition means there are at least 50% that have SHORTER attention spans than this…? And those folks stopped reading at the first line.
I may be considered a pretty strict mom because if my children ever wandered away from a task after 8 seconds, they’d certainly be returned to it.
Is this a by-product of technology, or a slackening of parental teaching? I have taught my children to sit still. I have taught them to be patient (some more than others). I have taught them that interrupting is wrong.
Are parents forgetting to teach focus, patience, determination, tolerance, concentration? Is this a lifeskill that the Generation Z is going to miss out on?
Wow. 8 seconds of attention, and we’re expected to send out a message that will hold them still.