The New York Times published an article about the distractions of social media and e-mailing while reading E-books on tablets and readers: “Finding your book interrupted…by the tablet you read on”
The article talks about the different distractions waiting just a swipe away from the reader screen: social media, Google searches, e-mails, news feeds, etc. “That adds up to a reading experience that is more like a 21st-century cacophony than a traditional solitary activity. And some of the millions of consumers who have bought tablets and sampled e-books on apps from Amazon, Apple and Barnes & Noble have come away with a conclusion: It’s harder than ever to sit down and focus on reading.”
Some are responding to this problem by suggesting different ways of structuring the readers and reading experiences, others are making more personal modifications in their reading habits and literary choices.
It’s well worth the read, serving as another one of those cultural/social barometers.