Ha, this is a bit of an Ouroboros question, as I think that my online reading habits have so drastically affected my offline reading habits that I can hardly distinguish the two. When I sit in my armchair to read a book, it generally takes fifteen or twenty minutes just to settle into the text – to close the phantom windows in my mind and prepare for the fact that all future inputs will be found on the page.
This is a fairly disillusioning experience – and, as I’ve come to realize, an inconvenient one. I was once that masochist who enjoyed the hours spent transcribing my marginalia from physical books; these days, if I can find the book on my e-reader, I’ll opt for it, even if I’m rereading a well-thumbed text collecting dust on my bookshelf. I’m aware that my reading acuity drops when I’m only highlighting PDFs, but hey, technology is fulfilling its promise by saving me time, right?