The Endless Scroll
Your approximate words read:
111 Tweets read per day. Total character count = 5,672,100
42 Facebook posts read per day. Total character count = 4,599, 000
86 miscellaneous comments read per day. Total character count = 2,887,880
Total online characters read per year = 13,158, 880
Lifetime online characters read = 118,429, 920
In this time you could have read… 182 novels.
In this time you could have read… 5,096 short stories.
In this time you could have read… 63 scientific textbooks.
Total time spent reading on the internet…67,674 minutes/1,127 hours/47 days.
Wow. I stand up, feeling slightly perturbed by the MetaReader results. I move to the bookcase and begin skimming along the shelves, taking a mental tally. The Road, 1984, The Catcher in the Rye, The Great Gatsby (only 200 pages, I don’t count it), Catch-22, Freakonomics, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Hunger Games (it counts), A Very Short Introuction to Philosophy (ha!), plenty of books I’ve not gotten around to, some mostly there for show…
I move to the wardrobe and begin digging out the books that don’t warrant display. Old paperback crime novels, the Harry Potter’s, some Stephen King…
I think back to assorted children’s books, school book reports, university course reading lists.
Well, about… a generous 48? Hmmm.
I move back to my monitor, scrolling down.
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Twilight of the Books: an essay on the decline of reading from The New Yorker.