I think it depends on how you are doing the using.
I know when I sit down to read something, be it an article or a thread, I intend to devour it all. Plenty of times, I ignore threads I might otherwise
find interesting simply because they've stretched out past a point where I want to wade through that many pages, and it feels wrong to me to try to
wade in mid-thread. Similarly, I will sometimes unknowingly spend the larger part of an afternoon reading an article and then getting swallowed by the
no-man's-land of the comments underneath because I didn't realize how long they were and wanted to know what others were thinking about it ... and,
oops! Lookee there, I just spent the better part of two or three hours doing that ...
I also read books voraciously, cover to cover, more than once. And I read quickly enough that a new book usually takes me a couple of days to finish
off the first time around.
But the thing that I have noticed that has changed my reading pattern the most is my job. I've been proofreading now since 2008. And it changes you.
The very first thing my eye notices about anything I read is a mistake, and you have no idea how distracting that can be, especially when that's the
last thing I want. For example, I really mostly could care less about how anyone spells or punctuates here because I know I'm hardly perfect and don't
expend an inordinate amount of time trying to be. I'd rather absorb the point being made and think about it, but nnnOOOOOoooo, I have to latch onto
every little mistake first.
Honestly, it's the same with published books, internet articles, anything ... At work, this is enormously useful, everywhere else, no so much.
So, yes, your pattern of reading and how you try to comprehend, what you're looking for, what kind of habits you develop, all of that can train your
brain over time and retraining those habits is hard.
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