I came across a reference to Millennials having the attention spans of Goldfish yesterday. I traced it back to a spate of articles like this one from 2016. Its exactly the kind of thing lazy journalists on a slow news day would have us believe. It joins the other failings that characterize my generation, like overly sensitive, flighty, neurotic, and Socialist. As I’ve said elsewhere, generational reasoning is neither new nor interesting. It is no different in this case.
The research behind it is dodgy or non-existent. There is a lot more information available and people need to be more selective about what they read. However, once they do sit down to do so, they can usually do fine.