Much is lost when reading is discarded—much more than the knowledge that might have been gained through the act of reading itself. Reading a book requires a degree of engagement, of active attention, that enlivens and expands the mind. Electronic media makes far fewer demands; it breeds passive participation, fosters shorter attention spans and creates the demands for immediate gratification. The report went on to note that the diminishing print culture brings a diminished capacity for focused attention and contemplation that makes complex communications and insights possible. In the end, it can lead us to forgo the practice of active learning altogether. As a result, reading is the foundation for intellectual development.
— James Emery White, from A Mind for God, kindle location 246