There was a time when staying focused was a lot more easier, mainly because of the simplicity of life that was concerned with the happenings of our immediate surroundings. We are living in very different times now.
Sometimes, it is difficult to see the positives and especially the negatives of something as radical and new as we are experiencing today.
Today, more than ever before, we are constantly bombarded with information. Whether we want it or not, there is an overload of information from the media, social media, and the internet. While technology is all good and futuristic, it also brings with it some perils.
The single biggest change the online revolution has brought about is considerably reducing the attention span of people. We are not noticing this, but if we pay attention to it, as a generation our attention spans are a lot lesser when compared to our previous generations.
Our attention span is probably 8 seconds now. Without being constantly entertained or engaged, we cannot simply stay focused for more than 8 seconds. This might sound ridiculous, but it is a fact. We have come down from 12 to 8 seconds just in the last few years.
Learning to stay focused in a world that has become so increasingly fluid and open takes extraordinary determination and an ambitious goal, without which it is very easy to get swept away in the ebb and flow of the present times.
Staying focused in the modern world is a lot more challenging than we have imagined. The difference between success and failure might simply boil down to our ability to stay focused on our goals.
What is your opinion on this?