And that according to Nicholas Carr, is only making us stupid. He says our mental faculties are getting slower.
The Stanford Poynter Project has also been researching this aspect for the past four years now. Initially it was to gather information of what people were reading. Now they even have eye tracking equipment to track where people pause to read and how much they skim matter online. Early results suggest that many no longer have the concentration to read articles. People are in general becoming less attentive. The process of analyzing information, contemplation is no longer there
And this has also a similar impact on the printed word. People are becoming less attentive book readers.
It has even led Pierre Bayard a Paris University literature professor, to write a book that went on to become a best-seller - How to Talk About Books that You Haven't Read, so that "It's possible to have a passionate conversation about a book that one has not read, including, perhaps especially, with someone else who has not read it". Bayard offers tips on how to cover up ignorance of a "must read" book. I must add here that I am just writing what I read about the book, I have not read it. Nor do I intend reading it.
But let's give some credence to the research that is going on. After all it is does not hurt if we did slow down reading.
Anyway.....it is time to - Slow down and Feel Groovy.
Slow down, you move too fast.
You got to make the morning last.
Just kicking down the cobble stones.
Looking for fun and feelin' groovy.
Simon And Garfunkel - The 59th Street Bridge Song
PS: Is the word 'groovy' in usage? I only hear words like hip, hot and cool.