Not reading as much...or am I?
By mduigou on Aug 27, 2008
I'm on vacation this week and I've taken the opportunity to do some extra reading. I've finally finished reading If on a winters night a traveller which was recommended to me by Barton George in response to my last post about reading. Reading my old post about reading, "Not Feeling Well Read", I find that over the last year I haven't kept up the same reading pace. For quite a while I couldn't figure out why I wasn't plowing through books at my accustomed rate. I've since determined the cause of the reduction--I'm actually reading more than ever. I've simply changed my reading habits. I'm a reddit addict. (Confession is the first step, right?) Completely and totally unredeemable. (Well at least I'm honest.) When I seem to get distracted talking on the phone my sister has been known to ask "Are you looking at mathpr0n again?" and indeed I was reading an excellent statistics article on false precision at the time. reddit supplies me an almost endless stream of interesting, insightful, thoughtful and entertaining articles from a huge variety of sources. But what matters more is the depth. I'm reading high quality long pieces from Harpers, The Economist, The Lancet and many others as well as articles from dozens of science and technology journals. Oh and The Onion too. After spending 2-3 hours an evening engrossed in my web-based autodidacticism I'm just too tired to read a novel! The good news is that I'm still reading and that reddit and other social media sites enable one to become much better (or at least more widely) read.