Reading, Technology and...Still With Us? Attention Span

Reading, Technology and...Still With Us? Attention Span

As rapidly evolving technology changes how we read - taking us from page to screen and back again - our brains change and readers can sometimes find longer, denser texts more difficult to read over time. We consider how technology is changing our reading brains and how we might strike a balance between types of reading at different ages.

As we all spend more time scanning websites and email, we seem to have less patience for longer articles and books. But new research says skimming short items online may actually be changing our brain's ability to digest dense, long-form writing. We consider how technology is changing our reading brains and how we might strike a balance between different types of reading at different ages.

Guests

Maryanne Wolf

Director, Center for Reading and Language Research and John DiBaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service, Tufts University; Author, "Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain"

Maureen Corrigan

Critic in Residence and Lecturer in the Department of English, Georgetown University; book critic, NPR's Fresh Air; author, 'Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading!'

Jamie Locke

VP of Operations, Spritz

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