attention span


Definition of attention span

: the length of time during which one (such as an individual or a group) is able to concentrate or remain interested

Examples of attention span in a Sentence

people with short attention spans
Recent Examples on the Web Gilet will play Monkey, who’s terrified of Anansi and has a very short attention span. Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Apr. 2022 Content has to be shorter than the average person's attention span. Sriram Padmanabhan, Forbes, 23 June 2021 With more ways to receive information and an increasingly hectic news cycle, the human attention span is narrowing. Michelle Abdow, Forbes, 10 June 2021 Where streaming has all but obliterated the attention span of the casual listener, Victor and Nigo are counting on a new generation of the same kind of rap obsessives that defined a particular niche in the aughts. Jeff Ihaza, Rolling Stone, 31 Mar. 2022 As a recent survey by Microsoft found that humans have an average attention span of eight seconds (less than a goldfish), hitting potential customers with the right message at the right time is crucial. Bernard Marr, Forbes, 14 Mar. 2022 LaPierre was also temperamentally ill suited to thunder across the national attention span, demanding ever greater allegiance to the gun culture and the mythos of violent self-assertion that comes with it. Chris Lehmann, The New Republic, 9 Nov. 2021 Worse still, with such an influx of information, people really only have the attention span to look at headlines and are debating without much understanding of the nuance, Flores added. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, 17 Nov. 2021 The fashion world has a short attention span, but when the spotlight is on a designer (or a photographer, a stylist, or model), no light shines hotter or brighter. Rachel Tashjian, Harper's BAZAAR, 6 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of attention span

1903, in the meaning defined above

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13 May 2022

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“Attention span.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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