This is a topic that I’ve come across, and is one I can relate to. I wanted to see if anyone else has had a similar experience, and if you think it is a problem.
The internet encourages skimming through text, avoiding ads and anything else you aren’t interested in. I read almost all of my news and information online, and have gotten very good at skipping over what I don’t want to learn about. This is quite different than a traditional novel, which is meant to be read in its entirety. Books require much deeper thought than reading online.
Our brain changes based on our experiences, through brain plasticity. If we spend most of our time skimming articles online, our brain actually changes to become better at that. Reading online seems to conflict with reading books, because you don’t need to focus for long periods of time. Luckily brain plasticity works both ways, and if you begin reading more books your brain will adjust.
Has the internet negatively impacted your ability to focus on books?
Do you think books will be replaced by shorter digital content, or will they continue to serve different purposes?
Is too much reading online a problem, or just a faster way to get information?
Below I’ve added a couple relevant articles that I read (or skimmed):
“Serious reading takes a hit from online scanning and skimming, researchers say”
Parents Say Electronic, Digital Devices Negatively Affects Kids’ Reading Time