Gloria Mark, PhD is the author of “Attention Span: A Groundbreaking Way to Restore Balance, Happiness and Productivity”. In this fascinating conversation Gloria explains the science of attention and specific solutions for regaining focus with our personal technologies. You’ll learn why the average attention span is now 47 seconds and why she believes it is important to make our wellbeing a priority. If you are looking for proven ways to get less distracted and live happier, this is a must listen! Check out our website for the show notes and join the newsletter to get a free copy of Michele’s Book, Design a Life You Love, for a limited time.

What You’ll Learn:

1️⃣ Whether attention span is a global issue and what she observed

2️⃣ How her research over nearly twenty years shows that “our attention spans are declining, averaging just 47 seconds on any screen.” It used to be 2.5 minutes.

3️⃣ Some of the reasons we have diminishing attention span

4️⃣ The different attention types she discovered

  1. Multi-tasking which eats up our attentional resources
  2. When we are mentally exhausted we are more susceptible to distractions
  3. Technology isn’t the only issue as 1/2 the time we self-interrupt, and much more.

Learn more about our guest:


Book: Attention Span: A Groundbreaking Way to Restore Balance, Happiness and Productivity




Gloria Mark is Chancellor’s Professor of Informatics at the University of California, Irvine. She received her PhD from Columbia University in psychology and studies the impact of digital media on people’s lives: examining multitasking, interruptions, and emotions. She has published over 200 articles, and in 2017 was inducted into the ACM SIGCHI Academy which recognizes leaders in the field of human-computer interaction. She has presented her work at SXSW and the Aspen Ideas Festival, and her research has appeared in the popular media, e.g. New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, The Atlantic, the BBC, and many others. Her upcoming book Attention Span: A Groundbreaking Way to Restore Balance, Happiness and Productivity presents the science of attention plus solutions for regaining focus with our personal technologies.

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