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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