Online reading: following an ‘F-pattern’ of reading

I thought this was interesting: Lawrence Quill writes:

“Citing a study that examined the habits of Internet users, Bauerlein (2008a) notes that people tend to follow an ‘F-pattern’ of reading when they read online (fast reading), a manner that differs significantly from the way people read books or newspapers (slow reading). On a web page, people will read the first sentence at the top of a page. But then they will descend quickly, slowing in the middle, then another sharp descent to the bottom ignoring the bottom right hand corner altogether. ‘‘People’’ notes Bauerlein, ‘‘scan, jump around looking for keywords, bullet points, pictures, color and typeface variations’’ (2008b).” (p.332)

Ref: Lawrence Quill (2011) The Disappearance of Adulthood. Stud Philos Educ 30:327–341

Reference is to: Bauerlein, M. (2008a, September 19). Online literacy is a lesser kind. Chronicle of Higher Education, 55.

Bauerlein, M. (2008b). The dumbest generation—How the digital age stupefies young Americans and jeopardizes our future. New York: Penguin


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This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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