Are the interwebs making us dumberer? #skimming #ADD #noconcentration
The findings indicated that various benefits provided by the online environment were
unquestionable. Aspects noted largely reflected the literature such as: much more information
being available and accessible (Liu, 2005). Such demands resulted in an increase in reading
speed, and more selective and more discerning reading (Flavian & Gurrea, 2007). However,
the demands also resulted in skim reading, scanning, browsing, and hopping hither and thither
between different sites and even on the same site. The consequence was shorter attention
span, shifting focus, low levels of concentration, and overlooking important words or text.
This accorded with the views of Zhang (2006, p.71). As Miall and Dobson (2006) had found,
less careful reading and reduced absorption in the content resulted, as well as lower recall of
content increased impatience, as well as eyestrain, which reflected the findings and views of
Liu (2005) and Carr (2008).