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

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Is anyone better at capturing the famously short attention spans of millennials better than Glossier? Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "This Is Glossier’s Most Unlikely Collaboration Yet," 15 Mar. 2018 And what, given the severe limitations of the American attention span, is not. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "To Be a Good Citizen, First Pay Attention," 27 June 2018 Plenty of research has looked at how smartphones and social media sites affect our habits, our relationships, our brains, and attention spans. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "Do You Dream in Internet? Don’t Freak Out," 23 June 2018 Now After six months, the groups showed no significant differences in general measures of cognitive ability — things like IQ, memory and attention span — but the piano group had distinguished itself in one key way. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Why You Should Enroll Your Kids in Piano Lessons, According to Science," 1 July 2018 For parents, the $50 general admission ticket bought not only a day of music—hours were 11am-5pm in a nod to schedules and attention spans of the crowd—but a hands-on opportunity for their families to connect. Cathy Applefeld Olson, Billboard, "Liam Payne, Flo Rida Talk Playing Nickelodeon SlimeFest's U.S. Debut," 11 June 2018 People's attention spans have gotten so short these days. Jim Stingl, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stingl: Small town dude makes a living posting funny videos for millions to view worldwide," 25 May 2018 Consumers' attention spans on social media can dry up in a blip. Rachel Siegel,, "Kylie Jenner is on track to become the youngest self-made billionaire. Ever.," 14 July 2018 My attention span became infinitely longer now that I wasn’t being interrupted every four minutes by my cell phone. Annabelle Dunne, Vogue, "I Took 30 Days Off From My Job, Family, and Cell Phone—Here’s What Happened," 17 June 2018

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1903, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of attention span

: the length of time during which someone is able to think about or remain interested in something

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