Are Tablets Too Distracting For Readers? Maybe, Says The New York Times
via The New York Times:
I love The New York Times. I know they're the final authority on all things journalism, and sure, they publish some very good stories... but sometimes they print stuff that's just adorable.
The gist of the story is that tablets make it difficult to concentrate on the eBook you're reading because it offers up too many distractions. And I get the point they're going for. But it sounds a bit like it was written by an old man who isn't exactly sure what tablets are, but he's sure he doesn't like them.
For example, it postulates that a reader is at risk of leaving a book to look up a word on Google--the top of the slippery slope to distraction. Except the iPad looks up definitions within the reading apps. And then there's quotes like this:
“It’s like trying to cook when there are little children around,” said David Myers, 53, a systems administrator in Atlanta, who got a Kindle Fire tablet in December. “A child might do something silly and you’ve got to stop cooking and fix the problem and then return to cooking.”
Hmm. No. Reading an eBook is nothing like trying to cook when there are little children around.
Maybe I'm a little punchy because it's Monday morning and I'm only a few sips into my coffee. That's possible! So what do you think, LitReacters?
Are tablets too distracting? Or does a good book demand your attention enough that you're not tempted to blow it off for Facebook?
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