Books, Internet, Tech

Skim. Skip. Skim. Click.

In “The Shallows,” Nicholas Carr asserts that the way we read today –“power browse” and “power scan”—has eroded our ability to deep read.

[In 2006, a researcher who studied the pattern of eye movements in people who read online found] that “the vast majority skimmed the text quickly, their eyes skipping down the page in a pattern that resembled, roughly, the letter F.

As the time we spend scanning Web pages crowds out the time we spend reading books, as the time we spend exchanging bite-sized text messages crowds out the time we spend composing sentences and paragraphs, as the time we spend hopping across links crowds out the time we devote to quite reflection and contemplation, the circuits that support those old intellectual functions and pursuits weaken and begin to break apart.

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