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Statistics on Our Drop in Attention Span

According to the research of the National Center for Biotechnology Information, the average attention span has dropped from 12 seconds in 2000 to just 8.25 seconds in 2015. That's around a 25 percent drop in just over a decade. Want to know what difference this 8.25 seconds makes in our day-to-day lives? It means a lot of distracted people are not getting, skimming over, or just plain forgetting important information. Here are some more facts:

  • Percent of teens who forget major details of close friends and relatives: 25 percent
  • Percent of people who forget their own birthdays from time to time: 7 percent
  • Average number of times per hour an office worker checks their email inbox: 30
  • Average length watched of a single internet video: 2.7 minutes
  • Percent of internet page views that last less than 4 seconds: 17 percent
  • Percent of page views that lasted more than 10 minutes: 4 percent
  • Percent of words read on an average (593 words) web page: 28 percent

Possible Preaching Angles: (1) Attention; Distractions; Meditation; Quiet time; Spiritual disciplines—This shows how easy it is to lose our focus on the Lord and how badly we need to practice spiritual disciplines like meditation and so forth. (2) Lord's Supper—It also shows how we need to participate in the Lord's Supper in which Jesus has told us, "Remember me."

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