Smartphones-in-School, Brain Mush, Teaching Deep Reading…and Apples & Bicycles!

By LeiLani Cauthen

According to a 2018 report by Pew Research, one in four Americans didn’t read a single book in the last year, and bookstore chains are in decline. However, Americans are actually reading, they’re just doing it in different ways than the traditional hardcover or paperback format. Audiobooks, social media and smartphone newsfeeds are what Americans are doing.   On smartphones.  It’s considered by pundits that the shift in access via smartphones has caused a mutation in content consumption away from only books and long-form reading.  While there are still eBooks being consumed, it is dwarfed by the amount of time people of all ages now spend on short-form reading of “throw away” information that is mostly media articles or social.

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