|Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 2):|
Of course, I don't know the actual length when you say 'long articles'. For me, I could easily read an article of, say, 2,000 words online. But, you could always print it out in B&W at your leisure and read it whenever you want. I do that sometimes.
I'm talking about anything in-depth, so I'd probably go up to 2,000 if an article caught my eye, but longer than that it would really have to be compelling to read it online. I think I've printed-out half a dozen articles over the last ten years. Again it would really have to interest me to print it out, and if it did interest me that much I'd probably stick with it online.
The internet is wonderful for browsing, and that probably works against it for longer periods of concentration (for me, anyway). WiIth your finger on the mouse it's just that little bit TOO easy to move on to something else. I can understand why schools are seeing a lack of concentration in kids.