The superficial manner in which we read material online is making it difficult for us to understand works that require more than a momentary commitment to comprehend them.
Practices such as key-word searches, scanning for salient words, skimming for comprehension, scrolling, and link-clicking are not conducive to acquiring a deep understanding of the material being interacted with, says Maryanne Wolf, a cognitive neuroscientist at Tufts University.
From The Raw Story:
The author of Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain told the Washington Post that she worries “that the superficial way we read during the day is affecting us when we have to read with more in-depth processing. The brain is plastic its whole life span,” Wolf said, “the brain is constantly adapting.” And it is currently “adapting” to an online environment that favors the acquisition of information at the quickest possible speed.