Reading online has grown in leaps and bounds over the past years.
I get most of my news online. I read articles my writer friends post on social media. I read book reviews online, and also recipes. I read travel stories, columns, how-to-write-better-articles, even workshop class notes online.
This takes away from time reading fiction–I do read that too, both for pleasure, and well, because that’s my trade. (For the purposes of this post, I’m excluding e-books from reading online: when I’m on my e-reader, I’m offline. But that maybe different for others.)
I find online reading quite convenient: my phone is always with me, and I learn so much about the world, from genocide accounts in Rwanda to deforestation in India to book publications on topics as varied as astronomy and gardening. I also read fiction online, on the Forge Literary magazine which I help edit, and also many other magazines online.
The downside is, I sometimes justify spending time on social media: it makes me think I’m learning and growing.
That is only partially true, though. Some of the best minds on the planet are right now bent towards turning us into online addicts. So I’m wary of the online life as well.
What about you? How much time do you spend online, doing what? How has that changed your life from that of your parents, for example? How much of your reading is online, and does that affect your offline reading? Does it matter? What would you wish online reading were like?