Do you find yourself reading books less? Or atleast not being able to sustain the act of reading a book at length? The author of this article reasons that the hypertextual nature of our information consumption challenges readers to want to jump to “the next thing” – link, image, video. This can translate to an actual dopamine hit for the brain when new information arrives. Some tests report a drop in IQ when exposed to this multitasking process.
What’s the solution? Is there a solution?
Still, I am an optimist. Most nights last year, I got into bed with a book — paper or e — and started. Reading. Read. Ing. One word after the next. A sentence. Two sentences. Maybe three. And then … I needed just a little something else. Something to tide me over. Something to scratch that little itch at the back of my mind— just a quick look at email on my iPhone; to write, and erase, a response to a funny Tweet from William Gibson; to find, and follow, a link to a good, really good, article in the New Yorker, or, better, the New York Review of Books (which I might even read most of, if it is that good). Email again, just to be sure.