I saw it on Twitter

Reading Literature Makes Us Smarter and Nicer

I saw it on Twitter. Not great for the purposes of this post. Then I read it online. Another strike against me. Now I'm blogging about it.

There's more bad news: The article had hyperlinks, which, the author says, hinder "deep reading." Still, the piece stayed with me.

What did I learn? "A growing body of evidence suggests that online reading may be less engaging and less satisfying" than sitting down with a good old-fashioned book. A recent study in the UK, for example, "found that young people who read daily only onscreen were nearly two times less likely to be above-average readers than those who read daily in print or both in print and onscreen."

Few will deny the beauty and convenience of technology. It's here to stay. But to the question, Do books still matter?, the answer is yes. I should know—a few dozen are piled, half-read, next to my laptop.