The Rise of Visual Content and the Fall Attention Spans

Over the past few years visual content has risen to the top as a preferred form of social media content. Seeing is believing, and in 2015 this visual trend will continue and strengthen as our attention spans weaken.

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, consumer attention spans have significantly decreased over the last decade. In fact, the average person’s attention span has dropped from 12 seconds in 2000 to only 8 seconds in 2013. This is really unfortunate news, especially when compared to the average attention span of a gold fish – which is 9 seconds!

The Rise of Visual Content and the Fall Attention Spans

…and we can thank social media for that!

We have Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, YouTube, Pinterest, Tumblr, Snapchat, Instagram, and newcomers, Ello, and Tsu, to mention a few.  These social platforms are pushing content across our computers, smartphones, and tablets at rate of millions of updates and texts per second.

So, why the continued rise and popularity of visual content? Here’s why…

The Rise of Visual Content and the Fall Attention Spans

In this new age of information overload, bite-sized content known as micro-content is a powerful trend. Today, the internet user wants as much valuable information as possible in as short as time as possible. Visuals such as single images, mini-data, tips, mini-graphs, illustrations, infographics and factoids are among the favorite micro-content shared.

The good news is although our attention spans are shorter, we are consuming more information overall. High-quality content like e-books, white papers, and articles are still relevant. These serve to help engage your audiences and foster relationships. But, no matter what type of content you produce, be sure and mix in plenty visual content. Obviously, this is great news for visual artists!

Stay tuned because I will be sharing more visual and micro-content tips in the near future.


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2015-01-20T15:50:08+00:00 January 13th, 2015|Art Business Tips, Fine Art Tips, General|2 Comments


  1. Kathryn January 15, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    HA! A goldfish has a longer attention span than me…I totally believe it!!

    • Lori McNee February 17, 2015 at 9:55 am

      Yes, isn’t that humbling? Haha… 😉

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