I was reading an article the other day about attention span that said that based on website analytics across numerous news sites, the average amount of time one spends on a news story is 15 seconds. And as I was reading this, I was fighting the urge to skim the page instead of reading each paragraph through. Apparently, I’m such a millennial. I am a product of the time in which I live. I can’t even read a full news article on one page without just wanting to read a few sentences per paragraph. Sometimes, when I am reading articles that are not about food or health (the main things I like to read about), I even realize that sometimes, I have to read some paragraphs more than once to fully comprehend everything that was written. That’s not a good sign.
So I decided to try out Lumosity, a web-based brain training program that is supposed to improve cognitive function – reaction times, memory, attention – you name it. I tried out two tests, one for speed and one for memory so far. As I would expect, my speed/reaction time is far worse than my memory. The games are actually fun to play, and it’s good to know that some of the time I am spending on the internet is not just wasting time. I’m adding this to my goals list for the year now.