Average Human Attention Span By Age (11 Statistics)

Did you know that the average human attention span is just 8.25 seconds? Keep reading to find shocking attention span statistics.

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Mark Elias
October 31, 2023

Average 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 remarkably short, just 8.25 seconds, which is down almost 4 seconds from 2000.
  2. The average human attention span decreased by nearly 25% between 2000 and 2015.
  3. The goldfish has a higher attention span then the average human - 9 seconds.
  4. On average, 14 year old teenagers have an attention span of just 28 to 42 minutes, and 16 year olds can focus for 32 to 48 minutes.
  5. 1 in 4 teenagers forget important details of their close relatives and friends regularly.
  6. 7% of people forget their own birthday.
  7. Office workers will check their email inbox 30 times per hour.
  8. On average, we pick up our phone more than 1,500 times every week – that’s once every 5.5 minutes!
  9. The average page visit lasts less than 1 minute and users often leave web pages in just 10-20 seconds.
  10. On the average web page, users will read at most 28% of the words during an average visit. 20% is a more common percent of words read.
  11. On average, we spend 2.7 minutes watching a video online.

What Is The Average Attention Span?

The average attention span is only 8.25 seconds, which has decreased by almost 25% between 2000 and 2015, likely due to cell phone addictions.

average attention span
Statistic Data
Average Human Attention Span 8.25 seconds
Average Goldfish Attention Span 9 seconds
% Of Teenagers Who Forget Important Info 25%
Avg. Daily Phone Screen Time 3 hours and 16 minutes
# Of Times People Pickup Their Phone 1,500/week
% Of People Who Forget Their Birthdays 7%
# Of Times Office Worker Checks Email 11/hour
Avg. Internet Video Watch Time 2.7 minutes

Average Human Attention Span

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

average attention span of a human

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

average attention span has decreased

3. Humans are lagging behind the goldfish, as goldfish have a 9-second attention span, and we have a 8.25-second attention span.

goldfish have a longer attention span than humans do

How Long Is A Child’s Attention Span?

How long your child’s attention span is can be influenced by factors like their environment, their distractions, and their interest in the activity or task at hand. Below is a chart that will show you how long a child's attention span is, on average.

Child's Age Average Attention Span (Minutes)
2 years old 4 to 6
3 years old 6 to 8
4 years old 8 to 12
5-6 years old 12 to 18
7-8 years old 16 to 24
9-10 years old 20 to 30
11-12 years old 25 to 35
13-15 years old 30 to 40
16+ years old 32 to 50+

Average Teenager Attention Span

The average 14 year old teenager has an attention span of 28 to 42 minutes, according to recent research.

14 year old teenager's attention span

16 year olds have a longer attention span, on average of 32 to 48 minutes.

16 year old teenager's attention span


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