Maybe it’s because we’re all living a hectic urban life, but I cannot count the number of friends who have sheepishly admitted that they haven’t read a book in a long time.
They’re reading more magazine articles or spending more time on Twitter or they’re addicted to Dots.
We are now walking around with mini-distractors in our pockets, things that are beeping at us and alerting us and giving us endless opportunities to check our e-mail repeatedly like a nervous tic.
Personally I’m reading more books for pleasure than I ever have, mostly thanks to that little distractor. I can whip out my phone and read anywhere I have a spare second, and then retreat to an iPad when I’m at home.
Are you reading more or less than you used to? Are your reading habits changing in the smartphone era?
Art: A Study for “Paradise Lost” by Mihály Munkácsy