Focus – A simplicity manifesto in the Age of Distraction: Part 23
- Published: Monday, 25 June 2018 15:28
Leo Babauta – USA
“A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.”
Focused reading is something that’s becoming a rarer and rarer animal these days. We have a hard time reading even a single blog post if it’s not a simple list or longer than a couple hundred words – we’ll skim, and then move on to the next post or email.
Our reading habits have changed because of the persistence and ubiquity of online distractions. We read shorter, faster, more frequently, but longer reading is dwindling. Focused reading is harder.
One effect is that we’re reading fewer books and longer articles, and more blogs and shorter articles. Another effect is that any research we need to do is filled with distractions – landmines when it comes to getting work done.
However, it’s not impossible to read or do research with focus. Just harder.