Nicholas Carr opens up the first chapter of his book The Shallows with a fifteen-page explanation of why no one reads books anymore. I couldn’t help but laugh at the irony that I was sitting and reading a book about why no one reads books anymore.
But honestly, I think Carr was right. I can’t remember the last time I sat down to read a novel. I would much prefer to sit on a computer and quickly browse through articles, than sit down and pick up a paperback.
Why is it so much easier to read articles, blog posts, or news feeds online than it is to sit down with a book?
Perhaps I have become accustomed to receiving information immediately and as concisely as possible. It is much easier to get the news by reading through tweets sent out by the New York Times than it is to pick up the actual newspaper. It is much easier to read a joke through a meme than it is to read a paragraph of just text.
But still, there is still something comforting and nostalgic about curling up on the couch reading a good book. That feeling can’t be replaced by a laptop….well, at least not yet.