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My attention span would be maybe around 20 to 30 minutes long if I'm lucky to not be distracted by the smallest of things. That said I need to rest more.
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1 to 1.5 hours in my case for short term.
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I remember last time I had to properly study for uni, I found great use in the classic pomodoro technique of 30 mins of focus / 5 mins of walking around and doing other stuff (compared to my usual hours of ??? mental fog and distraction). So I'm going with 30 mins too!

Now that I'm out of school though it's harder to understand. With things that interest me it's easy for me to get into a flow, and be very concentrated for up to 3/4 hrs with no breaks. But I struggle with keeping that level constant daily, so I might have a day of intense focus and another in which I can't seem to sit still on a chair. I'm trying to find my balance, but it's a bit tough. I don't think I need to work against my tendencies necessarily, but more find ways to make good use of them and my time.

Rest makes a big difference, yes!! I remember when sleeping 4/5 hrs a night I used to have brainfog all day, every day. Excercise also helps in my case, at least with the "oh nooo i can't sit still I need to Do Things and Move About The Room Aimlessly" tendencies :P
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I have ADHD so it's either non-existing or hyperfocus for hours and hours. It's seldom something in between. :)

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as someone with adhd its either like 5-10 minutes or 2-8 hours (rough estimates here), seldomly between those two if i'm staying still. I can maintain like 20-30 minutes of straight focusing if i'm moving around though !
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My attention span is… what were we talking about?
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make two fists. close your eyes. relax your breathing. count to 60 seconds. every time you reach 60, extend one finger and start counting back at 1. see if you can make it to ten fingers / ten minutes without interruption
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If I can comfortably get into the "flow state", I can stay there for around 2 hours. Most of my work has been in 2-hour increments before I need to take some time to relax and refresh my brain.
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because of (undiagnosed) ADHD and autism i can hardly hold a train of thought, especially in a constantly noisy environment that is my home, if i want to become able to direct my focus on something i need total silence
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There seems to be a large amount of ADHD in this thread which makes me wonder: are we drawn to topics about attention span or is ADHD common in this community in general? :o
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Starfighter wrote: Mon Feb 06, 2023 8:44 am There seems to be a large amount of ADHD in this thread which makes me wonder: are we drawn to topics about attention span or is ADHD common in this community in general? :o
could be both, but research has shown that neurodiversity rates has skyrocketed in the recent years
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Starfighter wrote: Mon Feb 06, 2023 8:44 am There seems to be a large amount of ADHD in this thread which makes me wonder: are we drawn to topics about attention span or is ADHD common in this community in general? :o
I had been wondering the same thing!! I feel like generally, neurodivergence is commonly associated with niche topics and technology both, so maybe this is the target audience :D
Like, you need someone who uses the internet a lot / doesn't live mostly offline (I haven't found a better way to phrase this), and gets really interested in peculiar topics even though they're not relevant on a mainstream level.
The ADHD surprises me most tbh, but I guess if webmaking becomes Your Thing, you can unlock Hyperfocus Mode and think about it all day :D
mrwillhorlen wrote: Sat Feb 11, 2023 12:33 am could be both, but research has shown that neurodiversity rates has skyrocketed in the recent years
True - but are they actual rates of incidence, or just higher rates of diagnosis?
My dad is stereotypically autistic - and it influences his life daily - but he never got a diagnosis and never will, it's not something he would ever culturally accept.
When in elementary school the teacher recommended that I get checked for autism, they didn't - because they didn't know enough about it, for them I was a normal and smart child, having an autistic child was seen as a big issue, etc.
Me & my dad probably would get the Autism Paper if we tried, but life and culture around us makes it disadvantageous for us to do so, because the stigma associated does not balance out the benefits we'd get.
But if I ever had a child and they were suspected for autism, yeah, I'd get them checked out. And if they were diagnosed - would the autism be increasing in the population, or just become more apparent?

On the other side - I've worked for years with a therapist to help, among other things, to unlearn that I was "lazy" and to help me get started doing and finishing tasks, etc. She's not a psychiatrist, but has hinted that she thinks I struggle with the reward pathways/attention stuff. But in a "all your generation is like this" sort of way.
I know some of these issues I've had since I was a small kid, but I also gotta be honest in saying that since I started using a smartphone constantly, I've gotten exponentially worse. Like, idk, I'm putting off sleep right now because I have a phone. Was the tendency always there, but I found other ways to indulge in them? Or did the Portable Dopamine Box make my brain even more like this? Can I ever go back? :oops:
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Ray wrote: Sat Feb 11, 2023 1:42 amyou need someone who uses the internet a lot / doesn't live mostly offline (I haven't found a better way to phrase this), and gets really interested in peculiar topics even though they're not relevant on a mainstream level. The ADHD surprises me most tbh, but I guess if webmaking becomes Your Thing, you can unlock Hyperfocus Mode and think about it all day :D
Well put, it seems very likely!
mrwillhorlen wrote: Sat Feb 11, 2023 12:33 am could be both, but research has shown that neurodiversity rates has skyrocketed in the recent years
Ray wrote: Sat Feb 11, 2023 1:42 amTrue - but are they actual rates of incidence, or just higher rates of diagnosis?
Personally I'd bet on the latter! Rates of diagnoses always goes up in parallel with broadened knowledge about any type of neurodivergence (that I know of, or have read about, at least).
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Attention spans are a myth or at least very much misrepresented. We have different attention spans for different things. I could spend hours playing an RPG (open world crpg or ttrpg) but ask me to play Overwatch and I'll be bored super quickly. We do not have goldfish attention spans, that's a myth. It was started by some tabloid and parroted around. Attention is a very complex thing. Attention spans are not lowering, it's just a complex thing and distraction is different from holding your attention on something. Even with no distractions I can still get bored by something.
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