I am acutely aware that many hours when i used to read have now been taken up by web surfing. This simple substitution tends to mislead me in thinking only the access point of information has shifted, from a paper based book to a computer screen, everything else stays the same.
But that’s not true.
When it comes to the recipient’s mental state, web surfing resembles television more than it does a book. It is passive rather than active.
90% of the things i come across during my web surfing leaves my mind, at best placid, at worst a complete blank; while 90% of my book-reading fascinates me and gives me the urge to write something, to note down something, or to express something. My mind is so much more active while reading than while web surfing.
Why is that?
Is it because web publishing is easier, so the content are largely blah? While paper publishing is much more demanding, and as a result, most of things on paper are more condensed, more precise, better written, more interesting?
Or am I better at identify good readings on paper than on the web? as a result i spent more time browsing blend content on the web?
Or maybe the internet simply resembles TV program more than it does a book. It is more varied, with lower quality, but more addictive than a book.