Friday, 7 January 2011

Reading behaviour trends

Interesting article about how interaction with the web is affecting our attention spans and the way we read.

The article kicks off with details of eye tracking studies which highlight online behaviours well-known now among folk who write for the web. It then takes a different angle, talking about 'slow reading' and referencing authors and academics who are railing against this trend in reading behaviour.

The author opens with:
If you're reading this article in print, chances are you'll only get through half of what I've written. And if you're reading this online, you might not even finish a fifth... So are we getting stupider? Is that what this is about? Sort of.
The art of slow reading - article by Patrick Kingsley for The Guardian

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