Has endlessly skimming short texts on the internet made us stupider? An increasing number of experts think so – and say it’s time to slow down. If you’re reading this article in print, chances are you’ll only get through half of what I’ve written. And if you’re reading this online, you might not even finish a fifth. At least, those are the two verdicts from a pair of recent research projects – respectively, the Poynter Institute’s Eyetrack survey, and analysis by Jakob Nielsen – which both suggest that many of us no longer have the concentration to read articles through to their conclusion.
Don’t let the name fool you- it’s not for literally slow readers (although, if you are, we don’t judge) and it’s not as exclusive as a ‘club’. This is an opportunity to take part of a movement that needs a revelation to slow down and take a few minutes in our day to disconnect, reenergize and even be a part of helping our communities and environment, via The Slow Movement.