At this weeks lecture, we were asked to do a little experiment on our attention span just to focus on one thing. So my friend and I came up with a short task that is watching an episode of Running Man, a Korean variety show.
The duration of this show is an average of 1 and a half hours. So within that time frame, we decided to see if our attention would divert us to do other stuff.
During the show, unconsciously I picked up the phone and started to play Candy Crush and go through my social medias. I only listened to what the show was talking about and when some exciting sounds that gets my attention, I immediately stop and divert my attention back to the TV screen.
As from this short experiment, I learnt that my attention span to focus on something is really short. I would like to do multiple stuffs at a time and be everywhere at a time. Often my mom would ask me if I’m watching the show or am I playing with my phone while the TV watches me instead. Today, we can say that people are easily distracted with the combining factors of electronic devices and the internet.
According to Wiseheart, Weston and Sana’s research on the distractions that laptops causes in the classroom learning. The research was to investigate whether multitasking on a laptop impedes in-class learning, they found that students who multitasked on a laptop during a lecture scored lower on a test compared to students who did not multitask, and students who were in direct view of a multitasking peer scored lower on a test compared to students who were not in view of a multitasking peer.
According to The Peak Performance Center, there are several types of attention that we use during the course of our daily activities. The type of attention we use will vary depending on our need and circumstances.
Dr Lachaux has explained in the video that how our attention diverts and how our brains functions.
For short, attention is powerful where it changes how we think and how we do something almost instantly.