A Few Words About The “Age of the Age of the Goldfish”

We live in the age of the goldfish! In other words, research by experts has proven that from 2000 to 2015 average human attention has been decreased by 4 seconds, that is 8 seconds. A goldfish’s attention spam is about 9 seconds, meaning our average is less than a goldfish’s! However, that doesn’t mean we’re more slow-witted than a fish, it just means our way of thinking has changed, because of technological development and how it affects our lives- negatively or positively-, the rise of multitasking, new methods of learning, like online video learning platforms. Also, the fact that certain skills are not needed anymore, because nowadays we have access to almost every piece of information thanks to the internet, is also one of the causes of the drop of our attention span. For that, we need to enhance learning. To do so, we need to make it more adaptable and accessible, because according to physiology, people learn better over a long period than all at once. In addition, the utilisation of gaming in learning immerses the learner to progress in a certain subject better.

P. I. Eleftheriou

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