How shorter attention span (SAS) changed everyday life?

    How shorter attention span (SAS) changed everyday life?

  • 1 Newspapers are losing readers, news portals are gaining them

    Newspaper sales are going down as they're being replaced by the internet's instant information sources. Once bought, the daily newspaper's content doesn't change, but news portals do. This is perfect for those with SAS as their mind is not patient enough to wait for the next da for more updates.

  • 2 Books are losing readers

    Most books are formatted for attention spans 100 years ago (about 20 min), but in today's world that is not good enough. This gives rise to modern techniques such as speed reading, which helps with reading books at a really fast so people with SAS don't suffer much.See why attention span gets shorter .

  • 3 Game consoles sales are constantly rising

    Consoles require almost no software setup and little technical knowledge hence they are a perfect entertainment product for an average person with SAS. He just needs to turn on his TV and immediately start playing a flashy gameplay with an instantly gratifying experience See How to improve your attention span.

  • 4 PC games are becoming less complicated

    Because of shorter attention spans and the domination of console game titles, PC games are becoming less and less complicated and more streamlined. Simpler user interfaces, less dialog to read and hear, instant gratification elements and flashy visuals are all today's norm in the PC gaming world.

  • 5 People became less patient with their time

    Because attention spans have shortened, people have become much less patient with their time. Expectations are almost immediate and this introduces a lot of pressure and stress to everyday tasks.

  • 6 The dating world changed too

    In today's dating world it's expected to quickly meet the perfect partner. As the internet allows everybody to access many potential partners, it's much easier to break off a relationship and try to find luck elsewhere. The number of relationships and partners people have is higher than ever before.

  • 7 Slow life disappears

    People with SAS can't 'slow down'. If they do 10 tasks daily, getting a car will help them do tasks faster but will also leave more time for new tasks. So they might end up doing 20 tasks daily. This also affects misunderstanding among generations as older people are used to a slower way of life.

  • 8 Instant gratification is expected

    Today's need for instant gratification can be seen easily - more and more skin is revealed, TV shows are more shocking, selfies are becoming more interesting, and so on. All of this is due to the effort to keep audiences engaged as they might be looking somewhere else in just a few seconds.

  • 9 Songs have simpler lyrics

    Lyrics have become simpler with only a few sentences being repeated. This is also due to SAS and an effort to keep songs easy to remember, as anything complicated might drive the audience away. SAS also made guitarists perform less guitar solos which over time were described as boring.

  • 10 IQ has dropped over time

    A study confirmed that people's average IQ has dropped by 14 points in the last century. SAS doesn't allow for time needed to develop extraordinary skills and knowledge. The younger generations (YOLO is their motto) are more keen to try everything superficially rather than master one thing.

  • 11 Paying less attention

    People with short attention spans pay less attention to everything around them as their mind is constantly jumping from one thing to the next. This for example makes people easily forget what they were talking about in just minutes.

  • 12 Vines became popular

    Vines, which are very short videos (usually 6 seconds or less), have become very popular. Because people have become less willing to give more of their time to any long video, short ones started becoming really popular.

  • 13 Ads have become less effective

    Display ads, news paper ads and television ads all lost some of their effectiveness. Because people have become less willing to waste their time looking at an ad, many ads were rendered much less effective.

  • 14 Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is on the rise

    Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is on the rise. A CDC study showed how ADHD in children has risen from 6.9% to 9% in the past 10 years. The study was published in the National Center for Health Statistics Data Brief in 2011.