Why can’t we read anymore? (Post on Medium)

Hugh McGuire Asks: Why Can’t We Read Anymore?

I wrote something last week that might be of interest to you, a piece about my efforts to wean myself from digital overload & start reading books again. It’s called: “Why can’t we read anymore? (Or, Or, can books save us from what digital does to our brains?)”

It starts out like this:

Last year, I read four books.

The reasons for that low number are, I guess, the same as your reasons for reading fewer books than you think you should have read last year: I’ve been finding it harder and harder to concentrate on words, sentences, paragraphs. Let alone chapters. Chapters often have page after page of paragraphs. It just seems such an awful lot of words to concentrate on, on their own, without something else happening. And once you’ve finished one chapter, you have to get through the another one. And usually a whole bunch more, before you can say finished, and get to the next. The next book. The next thing. The next possibility. Next next next.

Still, I am an optimist…

And goes on from there. Let me know what you think!

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