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Reading is different online than off, experts say

Before the Internet, the brain read mostly in linear ways — one page led to the next page, and so on. Sure, there might be pictures mixed in with the text, but there didn’t tend to be many distractions. Reading in print even gave us a remarkable ability to remember where key information was in a book simply by the layout, researchers said. We’d know a protagonist died on the page with the two long paragraphs after the page with all that dialogue.

The Internet is different. With so much information, hyperlinked text, videos alongside words and interactivity everywhere, our brains form shortcuts to deal with it all — scanning, searching for key words, scrolling up and down quickly. This is nonlinear reading, and it has been documented in academic studies.

humansofnewyork:


"Well there’s this girl that I’m friends with, and you know, I like her, but I don’t know if she likes me…""Do you mind if I share that?""I don’t know, if you share it, she might figure it out.""She’ll definitely figure it out.""… do it."

humansofnewyork:

"Well there’s this girl that I’m friends with, and you know, I like her, but I don’t know if she likes me…"
"Do you mind if I share that?"
"I don’t know, if you share it, she might figure it out."
"She’ll definitely figure it out."
"… do it."

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"I think human beings have done nothing but destroy everything they touch since the beginning of man. I think they were basically designed to destroy themselves."

John Frusciante

(Source: fourteendrawings, via apoetreflects)