This subject on The Washington Post was brought to mind by a psychologist who had noticed that people do a lot of skimming on the internet instead of indepth, comprehensive and thorough reading. She said it was causing many otherwise intelligent students to fail written exams because studying requires indepth reading. You can’t study for the SAT skimming the material. You can’t study for a medical license or Bar exam skimming the materials. It’s going to take comprehensive and thorough reading to pass these exams.
I won’t deny sometimes I find myself skimming but not if it’s an article I am truly interested in reading and wants to learn from it I feel it’s a waste of my time to skim. I might miss something I visited the site to learn if I skim. I find skimming only works for me if I’m already somewhat knowledgeable about the subject but if it’s something I have never heard of or read about, it’s best to take the time out and actually read it.
In my own humble opinion, I don’t think it’s giving us ADHD. The reason I say that because when people ask for a copy of my books they always ask where to buy a paper book. I haven’t had anyone yet to ask where to buy an E-book. Maybe it’s just my genre or subject matter. Or perhaps due to most of my readers are mature people. I don’t know.