Keeping Focus

Do you ever catch yourself dozing off or daydreaming? Whether it’s in class, during a lecture, or even just doing day-to-day tasks, we’re all guilty of it. Our attention spans can prove to be quite short, and can be shortened even more if diagnosed with disorders such as ADHD. According to Brain Balance, a 16 year old can maintain steady focus for only 32-48 minutes at a time. Even before that, their attention span may begin to waver.
While 48 minutes may seem like a long time, it can be unbearable for a teenager. Unable to focus long enough to finish significant tasks, this can cause teens to feel more stressed. Daydreaming and dozing off often leads to students missing important information throughout a class or presentation, causing some panic upon realizing material has been missed.
But who’s to blame for the lack of attention span for these teenagers? Well, one could certainly say that social media is to blame.
Enter the “goldfish effect.”
According to the Mayo Clinic, elementary school children who are claimed to be “addicted” to the Internet will score higher on tests that determine attention deficit disorders.
These disorders can have consequences later in life. It could lead to a variety of symptoms, followed by a diagnosis of ADHD, as well as the further development of such disorders. ADHD can be a real problem, causing teens to have problems in school, especially with attention span, as the symptoms of ADHD aren’t limited to being easily distracted. Struggling with the disorder often leads to frustration, leading to lashing out at times. Lashing out can make school a lot harder for those with ADHD, often making it somewhat difficult to work with others, which oftentimes leads to isolation.
The potential bullying and isolation that comes with struggling with attention deficit disorders such as ADHD could be dangerous, leading to mental health issues.
The attention span of teens, which could be linked to social media, can become a large issue very quickly. It can impact them not only mentally but also socially and academically.
As issues such as these become more mainstream, we often ask ourselves, how can we help teens focus for longer periods of time and lessen the consequences of attention deficit disorders?