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Why Reading Books Should be Your Priority, According to Science

By Christina DesMarais 

Another good (and short) article on the benefits of reading books. Here are the links. A summary follows.

More than a quarter--26 percent--of American adults admit to not having read even part of a book within the last year. That's according to statistics coming out of the Pew Research Center. If you're part of this group, know that science supports the idea that reading is good for you on several levels.

  • Reading fiction can help you be more open-minded and creative.
  • People who read books live longer.
  • Reading 50 books a year is something you can actually accomplish.
  • Successful people are readers.
Categoría: Research Methods

Nobody can read like they used to. But nobody wants to talk about it. You drag your vision across the page and process little. Half an hour later, you throw down the book and watch some Netflix.

I do think old, book-oriented styles of reading opened the world to me... new, screen-oriented styles of reading seem to have the opposite effect: They close the world to me...

The resonance of printed books – their lineal structure, the demands they make on our attention – touches every corner of the world we've inherited. But online life makes me into a different kind of reader – a cynical one. I scrounge, now, for the useful fact; I zero in on the shareable link. My attention – and thus my experience – fractures. Online reading is about clicks, and comments, and points. 

Even Eric Schmidt, the erstwhile chief executive of Google, was anxious about the mental landscape he was helping to cultivate. He once told Charlie Rose: "I worry that the level of interrupt, the sort of overwhelming rapidity of information … is in fact affecting cognition. It is affecting deeper thinking. I still believe that sitting down and reading a book is the best way to really learn something. And I worry that we're losing that." 

What's at stake is not whether we read. It's how we read. For myself: I know I'm not reading less, but I also know I'm reading worse.

I've been trained not just to expect disruption, but to demand it. 

Categoría: The Shallows

Biometrics will be the next step in the development of privacy-eroding and life-invading technologies. And most people will voluntarily accept it, and probably even pay for it (much like they have voluntarily accepted 24/7 surveillance through cell phones, FitBits, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, and a host of other "products" that make a product of people). 

Categoría: Technology

James Knox preached a very good message explaining why we preach on the streets. 

Categoría: Evangelism

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