What is the impact of constant connectivity with smartphones and tablets on our young people’s concentration ability?
The average child’s attention span has decreased from 12 to 8 seconds according to a Microsoft study. Constant connectivity is having an alarming effect on our brains. It appears that we are losing the ability to focus. “Heavy multi-screeners find it difficult to filter out irrelevant stimuli-they’re more easily distracted by multiple streams of media”. Most people who click on this article won’t finish reading it.Those who have been diagnosed with ADHD will probably see more of a loss of their attention span and the ability to concentration than the average person.
In addition, according to ScienceDaily, reports are showing a 43% increase in the diagnosis of ADHD in US school children since 2003. The diagnosis jumped 52 percent since 2003 for adolescents. Further studies are necessary to determine the cause of the increases.
When you combine the data from the report that shows a large increase in the diagnosis of students with (ADHD)Attention Deficit Disorder with the report that shows a decrease in the attention spans of our children according to The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.
“This study was not designed to look at the underlying reasons for such changes in prevalence, Cleary said. The reported increase in the diagnosis could be a true increase in the number of ADHD diagnoses or it could be the result of a tendency to over-diagnose the condition. Additional research will need to be done to find out why there has been a rise in the diagnosis, with special attention being paid to certain groups, Cleary said.:
One can only assume more awareness and the Excessive use of smartphone connectivity.
Attention Span Statistics according to Statistic