“We need a new literacy for the digital age.”

Skimming is the new normal

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Sun, Aug 26th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to The Guardian there is a neurological change taking place where the ability of the brain to read is drastically changing bringing along some serious complications. And yes, guilty as charged: I skimmed this article, as with most things I read.

We know from research that the reading circuit is not given to human beings through a genetic blueprint like vision or language; it needs an environment to develop. Further, it will adapt to that environment’s requirements – from different writing systems to the characteristics of whatever medium is used. If the dominant medium advantages processes that are fast, multi-task oriented and well-suited for large volumes of information, like the current digital medium, so will the reading circuit. As UCLA psychologist Patricia Greenfield writes, the result is that less attention and time will be allocated to slower, time-demanding deep reading processes, like inference, critical analysis and empathy, all of which are indispensable to learning at any age.

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