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    "How's it going?"

    "Well, the problem with people
    who post on EconomyBrain
    is they're not easily distracted."

    "God..those economists
    and their adult attention spans."


    What does the mean of spans here?

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    Default Re: meaning of span

    What is the meaning of "attention span"? is the question you want to ask.

    It's how long you can pay attention to one thing. Children, dogs and the media have short attention spans and are easily distracted.

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    Default Re: meaning of span

    Sometimes the word span is used to talk about a bridge. A bridge goes across an open space and connects the two "ends" together.
    In the example, the phrase attention span means the time a person keeps a topic in his/her mind and connects that topic to other related parts of the topic.
    For example, a young child has a short attention span. She plays with one toy for 20 - 30 seconds, and then she plays with a different toy. An eight-year-old child might sit at her desk and build something from Lego blocks and continue for 20 minutes, even if a friend says "come and play with me." (a distraction)
    The phrase uses Economists (plural), so the speaker uses attention spans (Each Economist has an attention span.) This short quotation probably has an emphasis that is in the conversation. It could be that the speaker is being positive or complaining or being critical, or even sarcastic, and I can imagine other possibilities.

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