Serious reading takes a hit from online scanning and skimming, researchers say

Researchers say humans are developing brains focused on skimming over information online instead of the traditional deep reading.

After a day of scrolling through the Web and hundreds of e-mails, she sat down one evening to read Hermann Hesse’s “The Glass Bead Game.” “I’m not kidding: I couldn’t do it,” she said. “It was torture getting through the first page. I couldn’t force myself to slow down so that I wasn’t skimming, picking out key words, organizing my eye movements to generate the most information at the highest speed. I was so disgusted with myself.”

I've noticed this happening to myself sometimes, it scares me and I force myself to breathe and read again.

The whole article is worth reading, try not skipping any paragraphs.

An ice-cold case

One of the podcasts I listen to regularly is Radiolab. Their latest tells the fascinating story of a man lost to the ages:

When hikers first found Ötzi (the nickname given to the body discovered in 1991), everyone assumed they'd stumbled upon an unfortunate mountaineering accident. But as the body was pulled from the ice, authorities started to suspect this wasn't a modern-day adventure gone wrong. It was, as producer Andy Mills explains, an OLD body. Really, really old.

Listen to it below or on their site.