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Photo: Andrii Zastrozhnov (Shutterstock) We’ll keep this brief. Over the past few years, you’ve likely seen at least one article claiming that humans’ attention spans are shrinking, to the point where even goldfish are more focused than we are. And though a 2017 BBC article took the time to comb through the statistics and their sources that produced this figure, calling into question its validity, many people openly describe themselves as having a short attention span. Some even refer to having or “being” ADHD (referring to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), as though it was an annoying habit, instead of a serious clinical diagnosis. So how do you know if you really do have an unusually short attention span? And what can you do to improve yours? Here’s what to know. How to tell if you have a short attention span Just to reiterate: The terms “short attention span” and “ADHD” are not interchangeable. If you are concerned that you may have ADHD (a clinical condition), it’s something to discuss with your healthcare provider. If you’re curious about the approximate length of your attention span, however, there are some online assessments you can take, including this one from Psychology Today , or this concentration test from MentalUp. To be clear, these are not diagnostic tests, but may be helpful to some people who are looking to identify areas they might want to work on. How to increase your attention span There’s no quick-fix for improving your attention span, but here […]