Slow reading and poor content design

The Guardian pub­lished an arti­cle a few days ago dis­cussing the con­cerns of some aca­d­e­mics over mod­ern read­ing habits. It cen­ters around the idea that, for some, read­ing online is an inher­ently shal­lower process that leaves a per­son less edu­cated than read­ing tra­di­tional print texts.

This mis­placed con­cern does not account for the ani­mated ads, com­mer­cial con­tent, and con­stantly grow­ing hodge­podge of but­tons sur­round­ing stan­dard con­tent online. Put this same inter­face garbage on a printed page and I would not be able to focus on a text either.

For a tra­di­tional media out­let to decry the per­ils of read­ing online it ought to at least place blame in the right space. The Guardian, and other media out­lets, that plas­ter ads and irrel­e­vant con­tent around their arti­cles are not inno­cent bystanders to this loss of atten­tion span.