Do you find that your concentration span is difficult to maintain? Are you the type of person who gets easily distracted with any happenings in your surrounding? Has this situation been disturbing you lately because it is affecting your performance at work?
If the answers are a Yes, Yes and a Yes, then you need to be worried about your problem!
A recent study has suggested that, globally, people have witnessed a sharp decline in their concentration span. Meaning by, that for an individual it is utterly difficult to maintain focus on one particular aspect or thing for long.
While nearly all countries have witnessed a decline, the United Kingdom stands as one of the most prominent regions in the list. Possibly because, the UK has reached its lowest rating in history.
It was estimated that on average, a British can reach a maximum concentration span of just 14 minutes!
The Problem of Low Concentration Span
The study funded by The Independent considered the data of about thousands of residents across the UK. Different scenarios were observed and the concentration span was noted down accordingly.
Once the research ended, the findings showed that listening to a conversation kept the lowest attention of the individual. Just after six minutes, an average person would find their concentration diverted to something else.
Business-related meetings did not do any good on the poll with a span of mere 10 minutes. So, if a boss planned a meeting with the employees, the latter would be distracted within the 10-minute limit. The phenomena were also linked with low productivity at work which the company believes is affecting profitability
However, the biggest concern came when the researchers found motor vehicle drivers to exhibit a concentration span of 12 minutes. The attention was found to be lowest during mid-journey (highest at the start).
Most drivers would divert themselves by checking notifications on their phone. In other case scenarios, unusual scenery and even bright billboards became viable causes of obstruction.
For experts, this is dangerous because a low concentration span increases the risk of road accidents. It is pertinent that traffic authorities focus their attention on the issue to make traveling safer for drivers and those around.
Maintaining Focus: A Constant Struggle
We live in a fast-paced world. The complexities of everyday life have certainly made our lives increasingly busy but difficult at the same time. Faced with such a situation, it becomes arduous to maintain our concentration span for long.
Additionally, we are giving focus and time to things that are short term and we feel are important to us. As a consequence, overlooking other vital things that may be around us.
This article might ring a bell in your ears telling you how detrimental the situation is. A lower concentration span can affect your lives in unprecedented ways. It can affect relationships, both personal and work-related. Above all, it can be a source of danger especially when we find our attention diverted while driving.
There is no one reason to explain why the issue exists in the first place. A number of causes can be identified. The subtle addiction to technological devices like mobile phones may be one cause. In other cases, a lower attention limit may also signify an underlying mental illness.