Saturday, April 08, 2006

Attention Span?

While the BBC News may be "dumbing down" as one response to the information economy [see my previous post], Andrew Jones has written a thought-provoking post noting research on computer- and visual- interaction that indicates that "children are able to master 5.4 channels of information at a time - far more than their parents" and "today's youth...are able to track thoughts that are longer and more complex than their parents" (Perhaps the News, aimed at the parents, is further reducing their attention span, and thus further heightening the divide?)

As Andrew points out, this widening and lengthening attention to detail has significant implications for anyone wanting to engage in effective communication with today's "screenagers"...

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