ESSENCE Poll: In This Digital Age, Do You Find it Harder to Concentrate on Reading?

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With all of the screentime, the way we read has changed. 

When we read an article online, we tend to skim. When we look through our Twitter timelines, we skim. Our eyes dart back and forth, while we scroll through the page. Sometimes we stop to read another headline or check a text message. But after the average 5 hours and 46 minutes of screentime we get each day, sitting down to read an old fashioned book is harder than ever.

NPR's New Tech City podcast looked at the way screens have changed the way we read and how they've made it harder to read the traditional way. One of the experts, Maryanne Wolf of Tufts University, believes that "the human brain is almost adapting too well to particular attributes or characteristics of internet reading." 

So now that you're thinking about it, we want to know: In this digital age, do you find it harder to concentrate on reading? Have you noticed a struggle to read articles and books all of the way through? Do you think it depends on what exactly you're reading? Or do you think the way you read hasn't changed at all? Take our poll and let us know. 

In this digital age, do you find it harder to concentrate on reading?
I've noticed that it's a struggle.
No, nothing has really changed.
It depends on what I'm reading.
Total votes: 176

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