Average Human Attention Span By Age (Statistics)

The average human attention span is just 8.25 seconds, that's shorter than a goldfish's attention span!

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Ruben Kesherim
September 4, 2023

Average Human Attention Span By Age (Statistics)

Did you know that the average human attention span is just 8.25 seconds? That's shorter than the goldfish's 9 second attention span.

Top 6 Attention Span Statistics

Research has revealed that humans have shorter attention spans than the goldfish, on average.

  1. The average human's attention span is just 8.25 seconds – that's 4.25 seconds less than in 2000.
  2. The average human attention span decreased by nearly 25% between 2000 and 2015.
  3. The goldfish has a 9 second attention span, which is higher than the average human has.
  4. Children with autism struggle to stay focused.
  5. 39% of Americans have forgotten one simple piece of information or have lost one item they use on a daily basis in the last week.
  6. At most, users will read 28% of the words during an average visit of a web page, but 20% is more likely.

What Is The Average Attention Span?

Average Human Attention Span8.25 seconds
Average Goldfish Attention Span9 seconds
% Of Teenagers Who Forget Important Info25%

Average Human Attention Span

1. The average human has an attention span of just 8.25 seconds.

human's average attention span

2. The average human attention span decreased by nearly 25% between 2000 and 2015.

average attention span decreased between 2000 and 2015

3. Now humans are lagging behind the goldfish (9 second attention span) in terms of our ability to focus.

humans have a shorter attention span than goldfish

How Long Is A Child's Attention Span?

AgeAverage Attention Span (Minutes)
2 years old4 to 6
3 years old6 to 8
4 years old8 to 12
5-6 years old12 to 18
7-8 years old16 to 24
9-10 years old20 to 30
11-12 years old25 to 35
13-15 years old30 to 40
16+ years old32 to 50+

A child's attention span is impacted by factors like their environment, the child's interest in the activity, and how many distractions they have.

Average Teenager Attention Span

AgeAttention Span (Minutes)
14 years old28 to 42
16 years old32 to 48

According to developmental researchers, the average 14 year old teenager has an attention span of 28 to 42 minutes.

average 14 year old teenager attention span

16 year olds have an average attention span of 32 to 48 minutes.

average 16 year old teenager attention span

Extending Your Child's Attention Span

Here are a few simple strategies that might help your child improve their focus:

  1. Allow your child to bring creativity to tasks they don't enjoy. 
  2. Let your child use fidgets.
  3. Have frequent check-ins with your child.
average attention span statistics
Source: Wyzowl.com


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  5. Forbes.com