Research Paper

For my research paper this semester I will be writing about how media’s coverage of hundreds of different information can affect a person’s attention span. While many companies, news stations, musicians, and people bombard our news feeds on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and being apart of the “always on” society it is difficult to concentrate on just one thing. We are accustomed to picking and choosing what we want to hear and are limited to characters on what we want to say before losing the attention of a reader or listener. Thus far I have found some interesting articles on the effect this has on our brains and how we are adapting (if we are) to these rapid-fire changes in technology.

Here is a working bibliography for my research paper:

Bodensteiner, Carol. “Predicting Public & Media Attention Span for Social Issues.” (1995) Print.

Elias, Marilyn. “So Much Media, so Little Attention Span.” USA Today [New York] 20 Mar. 2005: n. pag. Print.

Kiisel, Ty. “Is Social Media Shortening Our Attention Span?” Forbes Magazine 25 Jan. 2012: n. pag. Web. 25 Mar. 2013. <;.

Neil Vidyarthi. Attention Spans Have Dropped from 12 Minutes to 5 Minutes — How Social Media Is Ruining Our Minds [Infographic]. N.p.: Neil Vidyarthi, 2011. Print.

I am interested to see what else I can find on this topic, I hope to continue to expand this work in progress.


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