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I have forgotten how to read
Author of Solitude: A Singular Life in a Crowded World and The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We've Lost in an Age of Constant Connection. Turning, one evening, from my phone to a book, I set myself the task of reading a single chapter in one sitting. Simple. But I couldn't.

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Reading in the digital age

Online life makes us into a new kind of reader: Our attention fractures. Online reading is about clicks, and comments, and points. 

The opposite of the traditional reading ex...

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Not every emotion can be reduced to an emoji, and not every thought can be conveyed via tweet.

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Cynical Readers

We have become cynical readers – we read in the disjointed, goal-oriented way that online life encourages & we stop exercising our attention. 

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We are primed for distractions

One famous study found humans would rather give themselves electric shocks than sitting alone with their thoughts for 10 minutes.

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Books as a marketing platform

A book is really just a reverse-engineered TED Talk. It's a platform that lets you do a speaking tour.

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