“In the end we’re still trying to make certain chemicals in our brains fire off and make us feel good, but reading seems to be a more indirect path to that outcome now. Because the internet is so rapid in producing new content, we’ve learned to spend less time reading and instead just fast-forward to the social validation part. In other words, we’re forgetting to appreciate a piece of writing by ourselves.”
This feels like progress but it actually isn’t.
(now I’ve shared this piece in two different places)