I spend a lot of time a day on the internet….sometimes too much. Granted most of the time, I am reading articles or news, so my browsing isn’t typically useless Facebooking and YouTubing. Don’t get me wrong, I do waste time occasionally, but it doesn’t dominate my internet usage, thank god! Then I thought, when’s the last time I read a magazine, newspaper or book? Honestly, it’s been months.
Traditional printed text used to be the fundamental method of spreading information, and it seems to have become completely eclipsed by digital media. Even if I consider e-book readers such as the Kindle and the iPad (when used as a e-book reader) as part of the “traditional text” devices, I believe most people read online versus offiline. I also agree with my brother-in-law that the highest correlative factor is age. My parents generation, who spent their entire schooling and majority of working life without the internet, still prefer paperback literature. However current high schoolers, who were born after the internet became a common household luxury, are fully immersed in the digital world.
So what about me? And what about the others in my age group? I wonder if I collectively, throughout my entire life, have read more content from classical books or more from the internet. I have NO possible way of measuring this, but it’s an interesting nonetheless. If I had to take a shot in the dark, I’m embarrassed to admit that I think I’ve read more internet content. I was never much of a reader growing up, at least when it came to novels. And given the amount of internet usage I’ve had since my family first got online, it’s safe to say I’ve read more on the internet than off.
What about you? Where have you received most of your reading material?