Linkedin launched in 2003, Facebook in 2004, YouTube in 2005, and Twitter in 2006. In 2000 the average American attention span was 12 seconds. By 2014, it had dropped to eight seconds. The attention span of a goldfish is 9 seconds.
Additional Stats on Attention Spans:
25% of teenagers report forgetting important details about their friends and family
Office worker checks their email 30 times per hour
Typical mobile users check their phones more than 150 times per day
Content on the internet tripled between 2010 and 2013
Social media sharing has doubled from 2011 to 2013
Put down your devices and build your attention span at the library with how-to classes, kids' programs, and of course, books.